2014 Travelers Championship (The 32nd of 41 events in the PGA TOUR Season), Cromwell, Conn., June 16-22, 2014; FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner, TPC River Highlands; Par/Yardage: 35-35—70/6,841; Purse: $6,200,000 ($1,116,000) – Final-Round Notes – Sunday, June 22, 2014
Coming off four straight missed cuts (THE PLAYERS Championship, the Memorial, FedEx St. Jude Classic and U.S. Open), Kevin Streelman (pictured by Getty Images) birdied his last seven holes en route to a second consecutive, 6-under 64 and victory at The Travelers Championship 2014.
His string of birdies ties the record for most this season (Jason Gore, Troy Matteson).
Streelman’s seven birdies to finish and win is a new PGA TOUR record, supplanting Mike Souchak’s previous record of six straight from the 1956 St. Paul Open.
More recently, Russell Henley birdied his final five holes to win last year’s Sony Open in Hawaii.
The record for most consecutive birdies on the PGA TOUR is nine, and belongs to Mark Calcavecchia. Calcavecchia birdied Nos. 12-2 in the second round of the 2009 RBC Canadian Open.
Streelman posted a 7-under 28 on the back nine Sunday, matching the back-nine record since 1990 at TPC River Highlands. Charley Hoffman achieved the feat in round one in 2013, as did Vijay Singh in the final round in 1998.
Streelman needed just one putt per hole on the inward nine, combining with 15 on the front for a total of 24.
In the fourth-to-last group, Streelman putted out at 5:18 p.m. ET. The final putt of the tournament dropped at 5:50 p.m.
Streelman began the final round four strokes off the lead at 9-under-par.
Streelman was making his seventh, consecutive at the Travelers Championship in 2014; 2013/MC, 2012/T47, 2011/T6, 2010/T42, 2009/T51, 2008/T10.
Streelman earns his second career PGA TOUR victory at the age of 35 years, 7 months and 18 days in his 187th career start on the PGA TOUR. His first win came at the 2013 Valspar Championship.
With the win, Streelman extends exempt status through the 2015-16 PGA TOUR Season.
Streelman earns 500 FedExCup points and moves to No. 27 in the standings with 956 points.
Streelman becomes the 15th (of 31) players to come from behind in the final round to win this season. Dating to 2000, the third-round leader/co-leader at the Travelers Championship has held on for the win just four times, but not since Stewart Cink in 2008.
With his victory, Streelman becomes the 13th player to win in his 30s on the PGA TOUR this season (16 wins).
Streelman’s 2013-14 PGA TOUR Season starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 17-12-2-1.
Kevin Streelman – Travelers Championship Statistics
Driving Accuracy 41 of 56 (73.2%) T17
Greens in Regulation 53 of 72 (73.6%) T10
Total Putts 109 T5
Driving Distance 288.8 T10
Strokes Gained – Putting 7.789 (1.947 avg.)3rd
Birthplace/Resides: Winfield, Ill./Scottsdale, Ariz.
Family: Courtney; Sophia
Turned Pro: 2001
Joined TOUR: 2008
Eight-time PGA TOUR winner K.J. Choi was in search of his first win since the 2011 PLAYERS Championship.
Choi’s T2 at this week’s Travelers Championship matches his best of the season (Farmers Insurance Open).
Choi’s previous-best finish at the Travelers Championship was T18 in 2003. Before last year’s T43 finish at TPC River Highlands, Choi had not competed in the event since 2006 (T44). This was his sixth start in the event.
In just his third start at the Travelers Championship, and first since 2009 (T43), Sergio Garcia notched his sixth top-10 finish in just 10 starts on the PGA TOUR. He most recently finished third at THE PLAYERS Championship in May. Garcia is coming off a T35 finish at last week’s U.S. Open.
Garcia was in search of his ninth career win on the PGA TOUR this week, and first since the 2012 Wyndham Championship. On the European Tour, Garcia captured his 16th international title with his win at the Commerce Bank Qatar Masters in January.
Garcia’s final round scoring average of 69.00 coming into the week was more than a stroke better than any of his other rounds.
Third-round leader Ryan Moore could manage no better than a 1-over 71 Sunday, good for T5 honors. Despite the final-round score, Moore picked up his fifth top-10 finish at TPC River Highlands. The others; T2/2006, T4/2009, T2/2011 and T7/2013.
Miguel Angel Carballo posted eagles on the 6th and 13th holes (par fives), as well as on the par-4 15th. He joins Jim Herman (Farmers Insurance Open) as the only other player to achieve the feat this year. Carballo posted a final-round and career-low, 7-under 63 to finish T18 for the week at nine under.
Brandt Snedeker’s final round, 6-under 64 matched his low round of the year (R2/Humana Challenge, R2 Waste Management Phoenix Open). It’s his lowest final-round score since posting the same number at the 2011 RBC Heritage. Snedeker finished T11 at TPC River Highlands.
Three players in the Travelers Championship field have only a couple starts remaining as part of their Major Medical Exemptions:
Player Events Remaining (including Travelers) Money Needed Money Earned
Steve Marino 2 $325,431 $14,590.66 (T51)
Paul Goydos 3 $556,295 MC
John Mallinger 1 $261,126 MC
With John Mallinger’s missed cut, he loses PGA TOUR status and will return to the Web.com Tour.
R1: 13 players.
R2: Jamie Lovemark (63), Billy Hurley (66), Camilo Villegas (66), Nick Watney (66) and Bo Van Pelt (68).
R3: Kevin Streelman (64), William McGirt (66) and Ryan Moore (66).
R4: Jeff Maggert (67)
Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC River Highlands:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.716 34.658 69.374 —
R2: 35.155 35.148 70.303 69.839
R3: 34.831 34.649 69.481 69.767
R4: 34.922 34.351 69.273 68.685
The par-4 fourth hole again played the toughest during the final round, yielding a 4.273 average for the second day in a row. The par-5 13th hole was the easiest with a 4.652 average.
In February, Travelers announced an agreement with the PGA TOUR to extend the company’s title sponsorship of Connecticut’s only professional golf event, the Travelers Championship through 2024. Travelers began its sponsorship of the tournament in 2007.
Weather: Partly cloudy, with an afternoon high of 79 degrees. Winds SW4- 8 mph.
Kevin Streelman 69-68-64-64—265 (-15)
K.J. Choi 65-65-69-67—266 (-14)
Sergio Garcia 65-69-65-67—266 (-14)
Aaron Baddeley 67-66-65-69—267 (-13)
Source: PGA Tour