Stat attack!: Travelers Championship review

By John AntoniniJune 23, 2014, 1:51 am

Kevin Streelman. Seriously? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

But seriously, Kevin Streelman? Seven birdies in a row to win? By now you know no one had ever done that before, as Streelman’s run broke the record set 58 years ago by Mike Souchak at the 1956 St. Paul Open. Streelman’s weekend total of 128 (after consecutive 64s) matched the lowest final 36-holes by a winner this season. His 26 birdies were the most by a winner since Patrick Reed made 30 at the Humana Challenge.

Most consecutive birdies to win in regulation on the PGA Tour

 Birdies Player Tournament
 7 Kevin Streelman 2014 Travelers Championship
 6 Mike Souchak 1956 St. Paul Open
 5 Jack Nicklaus 1978 Jackie Gleason Inverrary
 5 Russell Henley 2013 Sony Open

Lowest final 36-hole score by a winner in 2013-14

 Score Player Tournament
 128 (64-64) Kevin Streelman Travelers Championship
 128 (64-64) Bubba Watson Northern Trust Open
 128 (62-66) Jimmy Walker Open

Most birdies by a winner in 2013-14

 Birdies Player Tournament
 30 Patrick Reed Humana Challenge
 28 Webb Simpson Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
 27 Harris English OHL Classic at Mayakoba
 26 Kevin Streelman Travelers Championship

Streelman’s streak can be credited to some outstanding approach shots, steely putting and the quirkiness – some might say ease – of the TPC River Highlands back nine. He one-putted every hole (he takes a streak of 10 straight one-putts, two shy of the Tour’s season best, into his next tournament). Here’s a shot-by-shot look at Streelman’s streak.

Kevin Streelman holes 12-18

 Hole 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
 Par 4 5 4 4 3 4 4
 Yardage 411 523 421 296 171 420 444
 Shot 1 262 yds. to fwy. 292 yds. to fwy. 315 yds. to fwy. 284 yds to fwy. 181 yds. to green 271 yds. to fwy. 335 yds. to fwy.
 Shot 2 132 yds. to green 253 yds. to back of green 106 yds to green 21 yds. to green 37 ft., 1 in. putt 124 yds. to green 106 yds. to green
 Shot 3 7 ft., 6 in. putt 17 yds. to green 20 ft., 8 in. putt 12 ft., 2 in. putt   3 ft. 3 in. putt 8 ft., 9 in. putt
 Shot 4   4 ft., 7 in. putt          

It was one of the best putting weeks of Streelman’s career. The Travelers is his fourth-best week in strokes gained-putting (1.948), tied for fourth in one-putt percentage (50 percent), first in birdie-conversion percentage (49.06 percent), and first in putts per GIR (1.547). Streelman’s putts per GIR total is the fifth-best on Tour since the end of the West Coast Swing.

Best single-event putting average on Tour since March

 Putting avg. Player Tournament Finish
 1.419 Aaron Baddeley Memorial T-37
 1.512 Mike Weir Byron Nelson 2
 1.523 Jason Bohn Wells Fargo 4
 1.529 Richard H. Lee Memorial T-57
 1.547 Kevin Streelman Travelers


That Streelman would win in Connecticut must be a surprise to anyone who was paying attention. He struggled mightily at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst with rounds of 75-79 to miss the cut. In fact it was his fourth straight missed cut on Tour, and outside of a 72-69 finish at Memphis, where he failed to advance to the weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic by a stroke, none of his recent starts were worth mentioning. Since a T-3 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, his first event following the Boxing Day birth of his daughter, Sophia, Streelman had played 13 times and only finished in the top 20 once. Streelman is the first player to win a PGA Tour event after four or more straight missed cuts since Ted Potter Jr. won the 2012 Greenbrier Classic after failing to play the weekend in his previous five tournaments.

Streelman wasn't the only noteworthy performer in the Nutmeg State. Fifty-year old Jeff Maggert finished T-7 and had his first top-10 finish on Tour since a T-9 at last year’s Travelers. He is the fourth Champions Tour-eligible player to finish in the top 10 on the PGA Tour this season.

Players 50+ with top-10 finishes on Tour in 2013-14

 Player Finish Tournament
 Vijay Singh 2 Open
 Miguel Angel Jimenez 4 Masters
 Jeff Maggert T-7 Travelers Championship
 Bernhard Langer T-8 Masters

Singh was also in Connecticut and finished T-31 (along with fellow senior Joe Durant). They finished two strokes better than Patrick Rodgers, who was one of five players making their PGA Tour professional debut. Rodgers, T-46, was the only one who made the cut.

Players making their PGA Tour professional debut at the Travelers

 Player Finish Scores Earnings
 Patrick Rodgers T-46 66-69-71-70—276 $17,186
 Bobby Wyatt MC by one 72-68—140  
 Oliver Goss MC by two 70-71—141  
 Joey Garber MC by five 72-72—144  
 Cameron Wilson MC by nine 73-75—148  

Lastly, Streelman’s winning score of 64 extended the tournament streak of champions shooting a final round in the 60s to 19 consecutive years. Of active PGA Tour events, only the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has a longer streak. The Las Vegas winner was in the 60s in the final round for 23 straight years.

Most consecutive years with the winner shooting a final round in the 60s

 Years Tournament 2014 winner Score
 23 Shriners Hospitals Open Webb Simpson  66
 19 Travelers Championship Kevin Streelman  64
 11 Deutsche Bank Championship Henrik Stenson (2013) 66
 11 Wyndham Championship Patrick Reed (2013) 66
 8 Memorial Tournament Hideki Matsuyama  69
 7 Hyundai T of C Zach Johnson  66

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

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Cart on the green

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Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


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Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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