Saturday, August 23, 2008
Streelman Has a Rare Shot in Rookie Season
Last season Kevin Streelman was hacking it out on the Gateway Tour, trying to make a living on the mini tours as he prepared for PGA Tour Qualifying School.
Like thousands of other great players looking for a break, Streelman put in his dough and headed to Q-School with one thing on his mind -- making it to the big show. The Duke grad was the only Gateway Tour player to make it to the dance and after a slow start, has secured his card for 2009 and is starting to make a name for himself.
Streelman is in the lead at the Barclays, an event with the biggest names in golf and a chance to take a lead in the FedEx Cup, something that would make the whole playoff thing worth it's hype. Could you imagine a rookie winning something that paid $10 million? Could there be a better story?
His three-under 68 on Sunday has Streelman sitting at eight-under and one shot ahead of a large group that includes Vijay Singh, a hairy Mike Weir, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia.
Sure, he might falter like he did when paired with Tiger Woods in the final group at the Buick Invitational, but Streelman can lean on a lot of experience he has gained in 2008, including a t-6 last week at the Wyndham Championship.
A huge hurdle to overcome with those big names, the good thing is one of the hotter young stars on tour right now will be on the first tee tomorrow spotted a shot before he ever hits a ball.