ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia – Robert Streb had only shot in the ’60s three times in 12 rounds of the PGA Tour this season, so he might not have been the player most likely to open with a pair of rounds in the ’60s and tied her lowest score on Visit Friday, a 9-under 63 during Plantation at Sea Island Resort.
Streb said he’d like to say he found something, but struggled to explain why, after registering just one top 10 finish last season, his game suddenly clicked during both. first laps of the RSM Classic, allowing him to build two stroke on Camilo Villegas. But this Streb knows how to put it: “It looks a lot simpler when they come in.”
Indeed, it is. The Streb putter warmed up at the end of his first round on the Seaside Course on Thursday as he finished with four straight birdies en route to posting 5-under 65. He putted over 142 feet and s’ is ranked first in Won Strokes: Putting, and picked up where he left off on Friday with nine birdies, including his last two holes of the day.
It was reminiscent of his performance in the final round of the 2014 RSM Classic when Streb’s putter caught fire and he had 11 greens to one putt, including five over 10 feet and shot 63 on the Seaside Course for rally five shots back, force the qualifiers and finally win his first Tour title.
“I just had a hot race at the end and found myself in the right place,” he said.
Streb, 33, walked away that night with a trophy, the biggest check of his life and a guarantee that he would have a tour card long enough to guarantee his pension. He placed 18th in the FedEx Cup that season, but couldn’t build on what appeared to be his defining year.
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“I kind of thought I would just keep riding,” he says. “I didn’t play as well and I guess I went through a lull for a little while. I don’t really have a good answer for you other than it just took too many hits to put the ball in the hole.
In recent years, he’s struggled to hold onto his Tour card, including last season when he missed the cup at 12 of 19 events.
“I haven’t done anything this exciting in a long time,” he said.
But he hit 17 greens out of 18 on Friday and he feels right at home in a place where he takes his kids to look for crabs in the sand and where he enjoys looking at his mug on one of the tournament banners as he enter the property. Being unable to explain his sudden good form, he shouldn’t even bother to struggle with this statistic and accept it: the last four RSM Classic winners have all held all 36 holes.
“I don’t want to be the one to break it,” he said. “There is still a lot of golf, we still have to play and we’ll see what happens.”