Streb contends, but could WD for birth of first child


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Quick – name the second-ranked player on the current FedEx Cup list.

Robert Streb might not be a household name, but the 27-year-old is in the midst of a career year that continues this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he is T-4 and four shots back after 36 holes.

While many players are making their first or second start of the season at TPC Scottsdale, Streb is making his eighth start of 2014-15, a campaign highlighted by his playoff win at the McGladrey Classic in November. After an opening 66, he scraped together a 1-under 70 in cold and rainy conditions.

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“I was just trying to survive,” Streb said. “It was pretty wet out there a couple of times. Last few holes were nice and dried up, but just trying to scratch and claw and hang around.”

Streb will take the next few weeks off regardless of his finish this week. His wife, Maggie, is pregnant with the couple’s first child, a daughter they plan to name Catherine. A C-section is scheduled for Tuesday in the couple’s hometown of Kansas City.

“The doctors seem to think Tuesday at 9 a.m. is going to be the time,” Streb said. “Hopefully nothing changes. We’ll see.”

Should things move ahead of schedule, Streb has no plans to stick around TPC Scottsdale.

“I’m hoping somebody can come find me,” he said. “I’ll be out of here.”