Kevin Streelman looked more like a seasoned veteran, than a first time winner on Sunday.
Palm Harbor, Florida - Kevin Streelman certainly didn't look like a winless journeyman
in his 153rd start, his gutsy and aggressive shot making on Sunday looked like a
player who not only had been there before, but who had converted on many
occasions. On the toughest hole of the day - the par 3 thirteenth, Justin Leonard
and Streelman were locked in a duel (Boo Weekley was waiting in the clubhouse at
-8 after his final round round 63). Leonard was first to hit, he double crossed his tee
shot way left . . . Streelman stepped up and hit the shot of the tournament to the
far right hole location that was guarded by water and tucked just beyond the
greenside bunkers, his shot landed just onto the green and rolled out to six feet past
the hole. Leonard could not convert his par, and Streelman made his putt for
birdie to take command on the Copperhead Course for good. The final round 67, and
10 under par total were good enough to win the Tampa Bay Championship by two
strokes for the 1st victory of his career.
"Probably the best shot of my life in that situation" Streelman said (about the 5 iron
on 13), "It's just how I envisioned it and pulled it off. That was really cool . . . I just
stayed really patient, and had a peace about me today."
On a day when the field average was almost 72, Boo Weekley's final round 63 was
impressive and earned him a much needed solo 2nd. Another player who gained in
status Sunday was 19 year old Jordan Spieth, his Sunday 70 was good enough for a
tie for seventh and enough earnings ($521,893) to gain temporary special
membership on the PGA Tour for the rest of 2013.
Streelman, a former caddie and mini-tour player was still giddy after the victory,
"Just keep chasing your dreams, you never know what will happen." On this
St.Patrick's Day, he certainly was living proof of that. With the win, Kevin
Streelman earned his way back into the Masters.
Your new #1 Stacy Lewis celebrating after her win at the RR Donnelley Founders
Phoenix, Arizona - Stacy lewis rallied against Ai Miyazato to win the RR Donnelley
LPGA Founders Cup at Wildfire Golf Club (Marriott Desert Ridge Resort). Trailing by 4
entering Sunday's final round, things changed on the back nine. “I was certainly
surprised she finished the way she did, but to make those two putts I did on 16 and
17 was pretty unbelievable and I'm just ‑‑ I'm really speechless,” said Lewis. “I played
great today and I was super motivated from all that happened yesterday and just
happy for Travis (Wilson).” (Travis Wilson, Lewis' caddie had violated rule 13-4 on
Saturday for moving sand in a bunker, costing Stacy Lewis 2 strokes)
It all fell apart for Miyazato on the 16th, holding a one shot lead, her approach flew
the green and she ended up making double bogey. Stacy Lewis drained her birdie
putt for a 3 shot swing and never looked back.
When the rankings come out on Monday, it is expected that Lewis will become the
7th women to hold the #1 spot in the Rolex Rankings. Yani Tseng had previously held
the spot for 109 weeks (other players to hold the coveted spot were: Annika
Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin, Ai Miyazato, and Christie Kerr)