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Streb, Olesen victories move both inside Top 100 rankings

Robert Streb stuck his approach to the par-3 17th hole on the second playoff hole at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside CourseĀ and drained the ensuing four-footer to capture his maiden PGA Tour victory at The McGladrey Classic.

Streb outlasted Will MacKenzie, who made bogey on the first playoff hole, and finally Brendon de Jonge to final the PGA Tour’s third event of the 2014-2015 wrap-around season. The victory moved earned him a spot in the Masters Tournament, a two-year exemption on tour and other goodies along with moving him to No. 88 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking.

Streb fired a final-round 7-under-63 to earn himself a spot in the playoff using four straight birdies from holes 14 to 17. He was listed at 50-to-1 odds to start the week, according to www.ladbrokes.com. He moves atop the FedEx Cup standings list winning in his 49th PGA Tour start.

De Jonge, who hit 17 of 18 Greens In Regulation in the final round, was denied at the doorstep of a PGA Tour victory. For his effort, he moved up up 26 places to 80th in the current ranking.

The Top 10 remained unchanged led by Rory McIlroy, who was idle this week. Tiger Woods, who finished 2013 at the top spot, slipped to No. 19 after last week. Woods has been out of action recovering from back surgery and is expected to return later this year.

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen climbed to No. 89 in the world rankings with his second career European Tour title, beating Victor Dubuisson by three shots at the ISPS Handa Perth International in Australia.

Other Golf News:

  • Koumei Oda moved to 55th in the world rankings after winning the Japan Tour’s Bridgestone Open.
  • Lee-Anne Pace capped off a weather-delayed tournament in China with a victory at the Blue Bay LPGA. The event was shortened to 54 holes. Pace (16-under) was three clear of Caroline Masson. Americans Jessica Korda and Michelle Wie logged T-3 efforts.
  • MacKenzie, who ended 2013 ranked 317th, failed to close out the victory at the McGladrey Classic after co-leading after 54 holes. His runner-up finish moved him to No. 86 in the latest rankings. The 40-year-old has not won on the PGA Tour in more than six years.
  • Stewart Cink, the 2009 Open champion, shot 63 Saturday at the McGladrey to get in contention just three back. But, he failed to mount a charge Sunday shooting 3-over-73 to end up T-32.
  • Michael Allen (15-under) shot 66 in the final round of the AT&T Championship on the Champions Tour. He overtook Marco Dawson for the win by two shots. It marked his second victory in 2014 winning back in February. The tour’s season-finale takes place this week in Scottsdale at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
  • The PGA Tour heads to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic this week at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Ryan Moore is the defending champion.