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Streelman rattles off 7 straight birdies to win PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in dramatic fashion

Final Round – PGA Tour – Travelers Championship –TPC River Highlands – Cromwell, Connecticut –

Kevin Streelman rolled in seven straight birdies to finish out a 64 to win the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship for his second career victory.

Streelman needed just 10 putts over the last 10 holes to grab the title by a stroke over K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia, who both led during a stretch on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.

Aaron Baddeley, who last won in 2011 at the Northern Trust Open, was trying to become the sixth Aussie to win on the PGA Tour in 2014. He led mid-way through the final round until a costly double bogey for which he failed to recover. He would end up alone in fourth place.

Overnight leader Ryan Moore struggled out of the gate Sunday and wound up T-5.

Streelman won in Tampa for the first time last season before finishing 17th on the PGA Tour Money List. His seven-birdie finish to win was the first on tour in more than 50 years.

Coming into the week at No. 58 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Streelman was a long shot to win this event according to www.ladbrokes.com. He entered at 150-to-1 selection.

Garcia, a winner at the Qatar Masters in January, came up short with a runner-up finish. He logged a T-3 effort at THE PLAYERS Championship last month. This week’s effort was his sixth Top 10 in 10 starts in 2014 on the PGA Tour. He was T-13 after 36 holes, but a 65 Saturday moved him into contention.

Other Golf News:

  • Tiger Woods returns to the PGA Tour next week at Congressional Country Club at the Quicken Loans National. He won the tournament in 2009 and 2012. He has been out since late March when he underwent back surgery.
  • Tom Lehman (15-under) won for the first time this season nabbing the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship. He was 20th on the tour’s money list a season ago.
  • Hunter Mahan, Erik Compton and Zach Johnson were among those missing the cut this week at the Travelers. David Duval opened with 68 but shot 83 in round two to miss the weekend.