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Streelman finally takes Tour event


March 17. 2013 11:45PM
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PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Kevin Streelman finally won in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour with a game that looked as if he had done it many times before.


Streelman didn’t make a bogey over the final 37 holes on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook. He didn’t miss a shot over the last 11 holes on his way to a 4-under 67 Sunday for a two-shot win in the Tampa Bay Championship.


Boo Weekley, who teed off three hours before the leaders, had a tournament-best 63 and waited to see if it would be enough.


Streelman, locked in a battle with Justin Leonard over the final hour, came up with one clutch shot after another. He hit 5-iron into 6 feet on the par-3 13th hole, the toughest at Innisbrook in the final round, to take the lead for good.


“Probably the best shot of my life in that situation,” Streelman said. “It’s just how I envisioned it and I pulled it off.”


He locked up the win with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and he was all smiles walking up the 18th fairway. Until Sunday, the biggest tournament Streelman won might have been the club championship at Whisper Rock.


The victory sends Streelman to the Masters next month for the second time in his career.


LPGA


PHOENIX — Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato’s collapse on the 16th hole.


A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie’s blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey following an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.




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