2005: Streck back in the books
East Meadow, N.Y.
Ron Streck has made history again.
Streck shot 4-under 67 and won the Commerce Bank Championship July 3, making him the first player with a victory on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. Streck also was the first to use a metalwood in PGA Tour competition after he met the late Gary Adams, founder of TaylorMade Golf, in 1979.
“It means I’m getting old,” Streck said of his latest accomplishment. “It really doesn’t do that much for me. I don’t have an ego for that. I’ll let you guys tell people about it. I don’t feel any different than when I started.”
Streck, who turns 51 July 17, became the first wire-to-wire winner on the Champions Tour this year. He finished at 16-under 197 to beat Jim Ahern by three shots.
“All in all, I played real solid for three days,” said Streck, who opened the tournament with 62.
“I shot 62 in both tournaments I won,” Streck said.
Streck won twice on the PGA Tour – at San Antonio in 1979 and at Houston in 1981 – and he won the Yuma Open on the Nationwide Tour in 1993, beating Chris DiMarco in a playoff.
Short shots: Jim Thorpe tied for 25th in his attempt for a three-peat. George Archer (1990-92) is the only player to win this event three times. Thorpe, Lee Trevino (1994-95) and Bruce Fleisher (1999-2000) are the other multiple winners. . . . Darrell Kestner, head pro at Deepdale Golf Club, about 6 miles from Eisenhower Park, was among the fan favorites this week. “This is the only place I’m bigger than Hale Irwin,” Kestner said with a laugh. Kestner tied for sixth. Kestner finished fourth at the Club Pro Championship June 26 and earned a spot in the PGA Championship next month. . . . Dale Douglass, 69, shot 6-under 29 on the front nine and finished with 66 Saturday. It was the second time Douglass bettered his age in 2005. He shot 68 in the second round May 14 at the Blue Angels Classic.
At East Meadow, Douglass tied for 58th. . . . Howard Twitty aced the 194-yard second hole Friday with a 4-iron.
Vincente Fernandez had a 6-under 30 on the back nine Saturday that included six consecutive birdies (Nos. 11-16). . . . Dan Pohl (T-3) had his best finish on the Champions Tour in eight events since joining the tour in May.
– Staff and wire reports