Streb, Gibson, Morgan highlight strong Oklahoma Open field

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Golf has had many benefits in this most unusual year and here’s another. The strength of field in this week’s Oklahoma Open is as strong as it’s been in decades.

PGA Tour regulars and past Oklahoma Open champions Robert Streb and Rhein Gibson are both in the field for the state open which begins Thursday and goes through Saturday at Oak Tree Country Club on the East Course.

Streb and Gibson had a final chance this past weekend to move into the top 125 on the money list and qualify for the Fed-Ex Cup playoffs but both missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship. Both had previously entered the Oklahoma Open in the event they did not make the playoffs. Due to the circumstances this year with the Covid-19 pandemic, those two will retain their PGA Tour cards for the 2020-21 season but are facing an extended break during the playoffs.

Streb, who played his high school golf at Edmond North, won the Open in 2009 and 2011 while Gibson won in 2010, causing him to remark that he was the filling in a Streb sandwich.

Mark Felder OGA Executive Director

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“I’m just so proud that both those guys would come back and play in this event,” said OGA Executive Director Mark Felder. “Obviously they can make more for finishing last in most tour events than they can for winning this, but they wanted to help us and come spend a week with their families.”

Gibson, who famously shot a national record 55 at River Oaks Country Club in Edmond and played at Oklahoma Christian, is a member at Oak Tree National. Streb, who went on to play at Kansas State and now lives with his wife and two children near Kansas City, still has family in Oklahoma.

Streb will tee off at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in a group with Phillip Bryan and Bill Alcorn. Gibson goes at 1 p.m. with Brendon Jelley of Jenks, currently playing well on the All Pro Tour, and two-time OGA Mid-Amateur champion Kyle Hudelson.

Another feature pairing is at 12:40 with Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame member Gil Morgan paired with Britt Pavelonis and University of Oklahoma freshman Jaxon Dowell of Edmond, one of Oklahoma’s top junior amateurs.

Gil Morgan

Felder said Dowell had planned to drop out of the event to attend start-of-school activities in Norman but changed his mind once he learned of ┬áthe pairing with Morgan, the 25-time winner on the Champions Tour and seven-time winner on the PGA Tour and one of the game’s true gentlemen.

“This is a great opportunity for Jaxon to be around two of the game’s great players and see how they carry themselves and learn some things that will benefit him throughout his career,” Felder said.

Morgan won the Oklahoma Open in 1981 and 1997 and has always been a staunch supporter and believer that having your name on your state’s open championship is a high honor.

Many of the recent winners are now competing on the PGA Tour (Josh Creel, 2015) or the Korn Ferry Tour (Max McGreevy 2017 and 2019) and Robby Ormand (2014), the 2018 champion Casey Fernandez is in the field, making four past champions along with Streb, Gibson and Morgan.

Oak Tree Country Club (East) / OGA

Time

Hole

Players

Time

Hole

Players

8:00 AM

1

Jake Mccrory

John Hill

Trey Cassity

8:10 AM

1

Kyle Cox (A)

Josh Fosdick

Skyler Finnell

8:20 AM

1

Pete Peterson

Austin Jordan

Reece Blair

8:30 AM

1

Carson Roberts

Max Stewart

Matt Gilchrest

8:40 AM

1

Logan Durst (A)

Tyler Tull

George Gardner

8:50 AM

1

Hayden Foster

Jamey Taylor

Carson Parker

9:00 AM

1

Karim Muhammad

Luke Vivolo

Jake Ezell

9:10 AM

1

Delano Kotze

Ryan Johnson

Tommy Riddle III

9:20 AM

1

John Bonaobra

Tate Fleming

Parker Rose (A)

9:30 AM

1

Baylor Payne

Ethan Smith

Brad Golden

9:40 AM

1

Chandler Rusk

Austin Wylie

Carson Griggs (A)

9:50 AM

1

Christopher Brown

Sam Humphreys

Peyton Wilhoit

10:00 AM

1

Trevor Norby (A)

Joby Dutcher (A)

Zane Heusel (A)

12:30 PM

1

Phillip Bryan

Robert Streb

Bill Allcorn

12:40 PM

1

Gil Morgan

Britt Pavelonis

Jaxon Dowell (A)

12:50 PM

1

Sean Romero

Clark Dennis

Blake Trimble

1:00 PM

1

Kyle Hudelson (A)

Brendon Jelley

Rhein Gibson

1:10 PM

1

Cody Burrows

William McDonald (A)

Casey Fernandez

1:20 PM

1

Zach Bauchou

Brock Polhill (A)

Ian Davis

1:30 PM

1

Stratton Nolen

Jamie Voegeli (A)

Hayden Wood

1:40 PM

1

Martin Maritz

Chris Malec

Preston Stanley

1:50 PM

1

McCain Schellhardt (A)

Rylee Reinertson

Logan McCracken

2:00 PM

1

Jordan Wilson (A)

Alex Motes (A)

Blaine Hale

2:10 PM

1

Brandon Stewart

Blake Abercrombie

Alejandro Armijo (A)

2:20 PM

1

Preston Wilkins (A)

Ransen Turner (A)

Henrik Olsson

2:30 PM

1

Austin Schmidt (A)

Zach Tucker

Brax McCarthy

8:00 AM

10

Reese Gorman (A)

Nick Arman

Wade Wilson

8:10 AM

10

Marco Scarola

Jackson Markham

Sean Walsh

8:20 AM

10

Andrew Green

Andrew Lehman

Tyler Hargus

8:30 AM

10

Bradley Jumper

Hunter Robinson

Grant Bennett

8:40 AM

10

Matt Mabrey

Konner Malcom

Griffen Locke

8:50 AM

10

Casey Paul

Michael Mendez

Patrick Simard

9:00 AM

10

Spencer Burson

Todd Rossetti

Dillon Bramhall

9:10 AM

10

Brian Dwyer

Angelo Leyvani

Harley Abrams (A)

9:20 AM

10

Cory Donnell

Keith Morris (A)

Gary Nard

9:30 AM

10

Scott Newton

Scott Newell

Alberto Ruiz Nava

9:40 AM

10

Christopher Shaw

Said Powers (A)

Michael Kartrude

9:50 AM

10

Donovan Osborne (A)

Gibson Terry

Devin Whipple (A)

10:00 AM

10

Jonathan Ledger

Joe Baldeck III

Cory Churchman

12:30 PM

10

Dominic Lara

Corey Hale

Jeff Rein

12:40 PM

10

Gage Ihrig

Mitchell Meissner

Manav Shah

12:50 PM

10

Will Dennis (A)

Camden Debonis

Craig VanHorn

1:00 PM

10

Ben Hadden

Aaron Guanlao

Sully Thompson

1:10 PM

10

Kyle Pilgrim

Jonathan Meissner

Kevin Keck

1:20 PM

10

Derek Franco

Taylor Williams

Nicolas Wade

1:30 PM

10

Sarosh Adi

Cole Schwab

Mario Carmona

1:40 PM

10

Tate Smith

Jack Ireland

Hunter Oden (A)

1:50 PM

10

Clay Devers

Roberto Espinosa

Piran Adi

2:00 PM

10

Christopher Reinert

Grant Brown

Toppie Hogan

2:10 PM

10

Jacob Lackey (A)

Taylor Owens

Clayton Keck

2:20 PM

10

Karsten Sanders (A)

Peyton Knell (A)

Julian Taylor

2:30 PM

10

Charles Bassett

Jordan Hardin (A)

David Kostyal II

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