If the finish to last week’s US Open had been a disappointment, then the climax to the Travelers Championship was the polar opposite.
At the midway stage on Sunday Kevin Streelman was in an unremarkable position, amongst the pack trying to catch Sergio Garcia and K.J Choi.
But then the drama started.
On the 12th hole Streelman made his first birdie. On the 13th he made his second. From then on his was relentless.
The momentum was with him and, although as he stepped onto the 14th he still appeared an outsider to win the competition, he soon turned the odds in his favour.
The birdies kept coming at 14, 15, 16 and 17 and, suddenly, he was in a tie for the lead.
Then, on the 18th, the run continued. The 35-year-old, who had only once before won a competition on the PGA Tour, nailed his drive before chipping onto the green and one-putting to get to 15 under.
It put him one clear of his nearest challengers and he then had a nervous wait in the clubhouse for confirmation of his victory.
None of the remainder of the players on the course could deny him his incredible success, though, and it was certainly a deserved victory.
It means he has become the first player to ever shoot seven consecutive birdies to close a final round and win a competition.
It is an achievement that is made all the more staggering considering his start to the day. Streelman had appeared slightly out of sorts, considering his form yesterday – where he shot a 64.
He made two bogeys in the first seven holes, before making a birdie on nine to set him up for his incredible close of play.
After his victory Streelman said he wanted to have fun this week after taking golf too seriously, and he certainly would have with his round today.
Choi and Garcia may not have done, though. The duo looked set to battle it out in a playoff, after showing excellent consistency throughout the week, right up until the last moments of the competition and, for them, Streelman’s finish was surely as heartbreaking as it was breathtaking.
Elsewhere, Bubba Watson will be looking to improve on his performance as he looks to claim the number one ranking.
The two-time US Masters champion was never truly in contention here, finishing in tied 31st position.
His claim to Adam Scott’s current position, will have the added complication of Tiger Woods now, too, with golf’s most famous star set to return next week.
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