Streb caps amazing year with final-round 65

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After opening with two uncharacteristic rounds of 5-over 75, Robert Streb battled back to shoot 6-under on the weekend, moving from 27th place to a tie for 18th and finishing off his first Tour Championship with a 5-under 65.
Although never in contention after the opening round, it was a good finish to a great season. Streb pocketed $160,000 for finishing tied for 18th and also somewhere in the neighborhood of $235,000 more in FedEx Cup bonus payouts.
More importantly, Streb proved over a long season that he can be a consistent force on the PGA Tour. His victory came in the midst of a hot streak in the fall season at the McGladrey Classic. But the former two-time Oklahoma Open champion’s most impressive run was in mid-summer when all the top players were competing.
After missing four of five cuts in a stretch from March through April, Streb finished tied for 30th at The Players Championship. From there, he had 10 top-25 finishes in his last 14 events, never missed a cut, no finishes worse than  a tie for 42nd at the U.S. Open, was on the verge of contention at The Open Championship (T-18) and the PGA Championship (T-10) and nearly won the Greenbriar Classic despite having to use his wedge to putt with for most of the final nine holes.

For the year, he played in 30 events, had nine top-10 finishes, 16 top-25 finishes and finished 14th on the money list with earnings of nearly $4 million,
Pretty heady stuff for the unassuming Edmond North and Kansas State graduate who now makes his home in Kansas City. Since every year of his PGA Tour career has been markedly better than the one that preceded it, we’re looking forward to seeing what Streb can accomplish in 2016.

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