5 Things: Streb wins first Web.com title
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Here are 5 Things you need to know from the Web.com Tour’s Mylan Classic, where rookie Robert Streb won his first Web.com Tour event:
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1. STREB EARNS TOUR CARD: Robert Streb shot a final-round 64 to win by four shots. He finished at 18-under 266 to better Gary Christian’s tournament scoring record by a stroke. The $108,000 check moved Streb from 23rd to 4th on the money list with seven events left on the schedule.
The 25-year-old became the 13th first-time winner, and sixth rookie winner, in 20 events this season. Streb was third this week in fairways hit (78.6 percent) and second in putts per round (27.0). “I’ve gone through spurts where I putted really well and spurts when I hit it really well but I kind of strung it together this week,” he said.
The win was Sreb’s fifth top-10 this season, and his third in his past four starts.
Streb, who played college golf at Kansas State also won the 2011 and 2009 Oklahoma Opens at his home course, Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla. “This is awesome. I finally won somewhere other than my home course,” he said.
And now he’s headed to the PGA Tour.
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2. THE RACE FOR NO. 1: Casey Wittenberg finished 19th this week, but it was enough for him to retake the top spot on the money list. His $7,800 check gives him $312,428 this season, just $3,232 ahead of No. 2 Luke List. Ben Kohles, who’s only made four starts in 2012, is third on the money list with $286,875.
Wittenberg and Kohles are the only players to win twice this season. Both are seeking a third win, which would mean an immediate promotion to the PGA Tour. Wittenberg was in third place through two rounds this week, only two shots off the lead, but finished with consecutive 72s. Kohles finished fifth this week, five shots off the lead. Kohles has finished 1st-1st-60th-5th in four Web.com Tour starts. He won the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital in his pro debut, then won the following week’s Cox Classic.
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3. STEADY AS HE GOES: Justin Hicks shot a bogey-free 65 Sunday to improve from T-26 to T-7, his seventh top-10 in 18 events. He’s ninth on this year’s money list ($204,273), the highest ranking of any player without a victory.
Hicks, 37, is tied with Nicholas Thompson for the most top-10s on tour this year. Thompson, 29, finished sixth this week to move from 24th to 17th on the money list ($165,446).
Both Hicks and Thompson have made the cut in majors this year. Hicks finished 45th at the Open Championship, while Thompson finished 51st at the U.S. Open.
The top 25 players on the money list at season’s end earn PGA Tour cards.
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4. BACK TO SCHOOL: Luke Guthrie missed the cut by four shots, ending several impressive streaks for the first-year pro. Guthrie, who turned pro after this year’s NCAA Championship, finished in the top-20 in his first seven starts on the PGA and Web.com tours. He finished in the top-10 in his first four Web.com Tour starts, as well. Guthrie’s first-round 73 at the Mylan ended a streak of 15 consecutive rounds at par or better. Guthrie fell from 19th to 22nd on the Web.com Tour money list with this week’s missed cut.
Guthrie has earned $437,635 in eight pro starts, but still has one concern unique to a touring pro: school. He’s 13 hours short of a business management degree at Illinois. He plans to complete his degree by taking two courses online and two others which require class attendance. Class started Aug. 27, three days before the Mylan Classic. Guthrie will room with his brother, Zach, Illinois’ assistant men’s golf coach, when in Champaign.
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5. SHORT SHOTS: Matt Weibring, Brad Fritsch and Cliff Kresge tied for second. Kresge was the 54-hole leader, but his final-round 69 left him four shots back. Fritsch (26th on the money list) and Kresge (29th) both moved into the top 30 on the Web.com Tour’s money list. This was Weibring’s third consecutive top-10 and seventh consecutive made cut. He’s 39th on the money list. ... John Chin, a former first-team All-American at UC Irvine, finished seventh, the first top-10 of his Web.com Tour career. He moved from 107th to 82nd on the money list. ... David Lingmerth finished 26th to retain the 25th position on the Web.com Tour money list with $141,043. The top-25 at season’s end will earn PGA Tour cards. Lingmerth, who turned pro in 2010, was 27th on last year’s money list.