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Streb merely shrugs at Tour’s miscue, aims for more top 10s

Robert Streb has had rough stretches of golf in which he has lost ground on the leaders. But never has he fallen back by so much without so much as taking one golf shot.

Heck, he went to bed one night knowing he was 11th in the Presidents Cup standings, only to awake and discover that he was 16th.

These guys are good … just not good enough to stop bad computer programming, it seems.

No surprise to anyone who has dealt with one of the PGA Tour’s surprising stories of 2014-15, but Streb handled the news calmly.

“I was certainly a little disappointed, but I understand things happen,” Streb said via an email. “While not ideal since it sent me the wrong direction on the list, my goal still remains to have a strong final two events (Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship) before the points cutoff and hopefully push my way into the top 10.”

It wouldn’t be a surprise if the 28-year-old did just that. After all, in a PGA Tour world that has been ruled by the sexy storylines of youngsters Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, Streb has been a top-10 machine, even if few have noticed. Streb has compiled nine top-10 finishes this season. Only Spieth (14) owns more.

What’s more, consider that in his past 10 tournaments, Streb has made the cut in each of them, finishing in the top 20 eight times.

Not that PGA Tour computers seemed to care about the rise of this unheralded young man from Kansas State. When it was realized that the Presidents Cup standings had been tabulated with players getting two points, and not one, for tournaments last fall, a mulligan was allowed and the standings were redone.

Bad news for Streb, who had a victory (McGladrey), two other top 10s and five made cuts last fall. He fell five spots with the re-calculations. Then, when he didn’t play the Wyndham, Streb fell again, into 18th.

What’s a guy to do but shrug. He is sixth in the FedEx Cup standings, a lock to make it to the Tour Championship, and he has roared to No. 33 in the Official World Golf Ranking. But he’s saturated in good sense.

“There really isn’t anything I can do about it, and I will give it my best and see where I land,” Streb said. “It has been fun to just be in the mix.”

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