Streck Makes Golf History Win Champions Victory


Champions TourEAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- When the golf history questions start, there are certain names that are safe choices as answers: Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Ron Streck.
Streck added another accomplishment to his resume Sunday when he won the Commerce Bank Championship by three strokes. He became the first player to win a tournament on the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour and the Nationwide Tour.
He was the first player to use a metal wood in competition on the PGA Tour in 1981, and his 63-62 close to his victory in the San Antonio Open two years earlier is still the second-best two-round total in PGA Tour history.
Call this Streck 3.
'It means I'm getting old,' he said of his multi-tour accomplishment. 'It really doesn't do that much for me. I don't have an ego for that. I'll let you guys tell people about it. I don't feel any different than when I started.'
He started the final round at the Red Course at Eisenhower Park at 12 under par and with a two-shot lead. Jim Ahern, who had a 6-under 65 for Sunday's best round, caught him at 14 under, but Streck had more than enough for a 4-under 67 that gave him a 16-under 197 total and made him the Champions Tour's first wire-to-wire winner this year and its fourth first-time winner.
'Maybe I qualify as one of the guys now,' he said.
The 50-year-old -- he turns 51 on July 17 -- said he hadn't felt comfortable in his year on the senior tour since he had been away from competition for 10 years because of a knee injury that limited his play.
Mike Reid, one of his best friends and a former roommate, made his final round a little easier before it started.
'He left this on my locker this morning,' Streck said as he started reading the small note he took out of his pocket. 'Streaker. Good luck. Play your game. Radar.'
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