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March 16 2013

3:31 PM

Streelman cards stellar 65, takes lead


Kevin Streelman is in position for his best career finish on TOUR. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

By PGATOUR.COM staff

On a tough course, one strong round can make all the difference.

Kevin Streelman found that out on Saturday at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank.

Streelman, who started the day at even–par, seven shots off the pace, after carding nine birdies and nine bogeys in the first two rounds on Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, had six birdies against no bogeys on moving day to gain a share of the lead at 6-under. That number was matched by George Coetzee (68) and Justin Leonard (67) by day's end.

"I wanted to get to 6‑under today," he said. "I had that number in my mind to at least have a chance going into tomorrow so I was happy to get there. The wind out here can wreak havoc on us. It's turned quite a bit and glad I'm done. Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful, as well."

Streelman has three third-place finishes in his PGA TOUR career, most recently at the 2010 Barclays. Despite his lack of work on the top of Sunday leaderboards, Streelman knows what he's in for tomorrow as he chases his first-career victory.

"This is my sixth year out here, so I've been in a lot of hairy situations," he said. "I believe in the work I've done and getting more comfortable each year out here. Done a lot of practicing and hung around the right people. Either way, whatever happens, will happen and I'll do my best"

Streelman’s 65 matched the week’s best round. Shawn Stefani carded the number in Round 1 and Erik Compton matched it Friday.

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