Streelman makes seven straight birdies to win

NEILL OSTROUT
Last updated 12:19 23/06/2014
ON FIRE: US golfer Kevin Streelman celebrates with the trophy after he finished with seven straight birdies to win The Travelers Championship this morning (NZT).
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ON FIRE: US golfer Kevin Streelman celebrates with the trophy after he finished with seven straight birdies to win The Travelers Championship this morning (NZT).

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Kevin Streelman birdied the last seven holes to win the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship by a stroke this morning (NZT).

Streelman shot his second straight six-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265, breaking the tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open.

The 35-year-old Streelman also won the Tampa Bay Championship last season, but missed the cuts in his previous four starts on tour.

''I didn't have too many expectations coming here,'' Streelman said.

Sergio Garcia and KJ Choi tied for second, both shooting 67, while Aaron Baddeley was fourth at 13 under after a 69.

Streelman was one over for the day before starting the birdie run on No 12. The streak reached five with a 37-foot putt at No  16, and he capped it by hitting a wedge to nine feet and rolling in another putt at No. 18.

Streelman said he hasn't focussed on golf exclusively lately, trying to spend more time with wife Courtney and 6-month-old daughter Sophie.

''I was thinking about her (Sophie) on those last couple of putts. I was thinking, 'You know what? If these go in, great. If not, great. She's going to love me either way and we have a nice family vacation coming up either way,'' Streelman said.

Garcia has six top-10 finishes in 10 PGA Tour starts this season, and won the European Tour's Qatar Masters in January.

''At the end of the day he played really, really well,'' Garcia said about Streelman.

''I feel like I played quite nicely and it just wasn't my time.''

For the sixth straight year at the Travelers, the player who held the 54-hole lead was unable to win. Ryan Moore was one stroke ahead after three rounds, but closed with a 71 to tie for fifth at 12 under.

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