Streb takes unusual drop at Quail Hollow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – First-round leader Robert Streb opened his day at the Wells Fargo Championship with a front-nine 33, added a fourth birdie at the 13th hole, and appeared poised to distance himself from the field.

That all changed with one swing.

Streb, who despite his position atop the leaderboard has struggled with the driver (he’s 125th in fairways hit this week), pulled his tee shot into the water hazard left of the 16th hole.

Instead of taking a drop into an awkward lie, Streb chose to drop across the lake, adjacent to the 15th fairway.

From about 220 yards (the Tour’s ShotLink system was unable to measure the exact distance) Streb hit a 4-iron just short of the green and rolled in a 12-footer for bogey, dropping only one shot.

“That was a lot of aqua to cover,” smiled Streb, who finished with a 69 for a share of the lead with Webb Simpson at 10 under par. “I got over there and realized that’s a big pond.”