Streelman claims record-breaking win

Kevin Streelman birdied the last seven holes of his final round to win the Travelers Championship by one shot on Sunday.

The 35-year-old American was arguably never in contention to win his second PGA title TPC River Highlands this week until the half-way through the final round, but stormed into contention after coming home in just 28 strokes having one-putting the final 10 holes.

In the end, his final round 64 was enough to hand him a one-shot win ahead of Sergio Garcia (67) and South Korean KJ Choi (67), with Aaron Baddeley (69) another stroke further behind after bogeying the final hole.

While the record for most consecutive birdies on the PGA Tour is nine, set at the 2009 Canadian Open by Mark Calcavecchia, Streelman’s run of birdies to win a title surpasses the previous record of six set by Mike Souchak at the 1956 St. Paul Open.

“It’s nuts,” an emotional Streelman told Golf Channel after finishing at 15-under 265.

“I made a great putt on nine (and) had tough up-and-downs on 10 and 11 (for par). Those saved the round.

“I started flushing it and made a bunch of putts. It was just a dream-come-true back nine.”

Despite finishing in second place, Garcia was pleased with his performance this week.

“Today I felt like I played quite well,” the Spaniard said.

“I fought hard, gave myself some chances.”

At 12-under par in a tie for fifth place were Brendon Steele (66) and Ryan Moore (71), while four players finished in a tie for seventh another shot further behind.

They were Chad Campbell, Carl Pettersson (both 68), Jeff Maggert and Harris English (both 67).