Monday, March 18, 2013

What It Takes To Win - Tampa Bay Championship

Kevin Streelman - Tampa Bay Championship

It's awesome to see players win their first PGA Tour event, and that's exactly what happened this past weekend as Kevin Streelman won the Tampa Bay Championship.  “It’s a total dream come true,” Streelman said Sunday after winning for the first time in 153 career starts and earning a return trip to the Masters. “I always had a dream of getting here.”

With a slow start to the tournament, carding a 2 over par on the first round, Streelman improved as the week progressed, playing bogey free golf through the final 37 holes.

Lets take a closer look at the breakdown...
  • Round 1: 73 (2 0ver) - 3 Birdies, 10 Pars, 5 Bogeys
  • Round 2: 69 (2 under) - 6 Birdies, 8 Pars, 4 Bogey
  • Round 3: 65 (6 under) - 6 Birdie, 12 Pars
  • Round 4: 67 (4 under) - 4 Birdies, 14 Pars
  • Total: 10 under par - 19 Birdies, 44 Pars, 9 Bogeys
At 34 years old, Streelman has been pursuing his golf career for a long time and I for one was really happy to see him bring home a win.  During his hunt for golf success, he burnt out three cars driving himself around the United States as a struggling player trying to make the big time. "It just shows that if you follow your dreams anything is possible."

After a flawless Saturday round (65), Streelman was in a three-way tie for the lead with Leonard and Coetzee.  He was able to keep his cool, and continued to shoot a bogey free final round.  Here's a closer look at some of his stats from the week...
  • Avg Driving Distance: 270.8 yards
  • Driving Accuracy: 69.23%
  • Greens in Regulation: 68.06%
  • Avg Putts per Round: 27.75 (Avg of 1.54 putts/hole)

Congrats to Kevin Streelman on an amazing performance and winning his first PGA Tour event!

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This article was written by Scott Stevens from Eat Sleep Golf as part of our What It Takes To Win series. This series is focused on taking a closer look at the winning performance of each PGA Tour event to see exactly what it takes to be victorious among elite golfers.

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