Streb starts strong at Quail Hollow with hot putter


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Like many first-time PGA Tour winners, Robert Streb has discovered that since his breakthrough at last fall’s McGladrey Classic, winning didn’t get any easier.

Following his victory at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort, Streb continued to make progress with top-10 finishes at the Sanderson Farms Championship, Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Waste Management Phoenix Open. But after that run the game became increasingly difficult.

Entering this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Streb had missed five of his last nine cuts and his best finish during that stretch was a tie for 30th last week at The Players.

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On Thursday at Quail Hollow Club, however, the 28 year old was perfect, opening his round with back-to-back birdies and finishing with a bogey-free 65 for the early Day 1 lead.

Streb said the turnaround has been drastically improved putting, including crucial par saves at Nos. 13 (from 9 feet) and 4 (from 7 feet).

“I kind of got my hands pushed forward a little bit,” Streb said. “They were sinking back and I finally just made some putts over 5, 6 feet, just putted solid and sometimes a few go in and it changes.”

Streb is two shots ahead of Charlotte-resident Webb Simpson after the morning wave.