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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 Tampa Bay Championship

Winner: Kevin Streelman

Around the wider world of golf: Stacy Lewis came back from a 2-stroke penalty Saturday to win the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup and reach #1 in the Rolex World Rankings; Thomas Aiken won the Avantha Masters on the ET/Asian Tour; Prayad Marksaeng won the Thailand Open on the OneAsia Tour; David Frost won the Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour; Ted Purdy won the 55° Abierto Mexicano de Golf on the Latinoamerica Tour; and Jaco Van Zyl won the Telkom PGA Championship on the Sunshine Tour.

Streelman holds his first PGA Tour trophy

The wind was up some at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course on Sunday, but that didn't stop a few people from posting low scores. Cameron Tringale, for example, posted a 66 to reach -7 (eventually good enough for a solo 3rd) and Boo Weekley went all anaconda on the field and squeezed out a sweet little 63 to take the clubhouse lead at -8 early on.

Eventually the truth became evident -- a sub-70 Sunday round was insufficient to overcome three other rounds that never broke 70.

But then along came Kevin Streelman. He may not have won on the Tour yet, and he may have shot 73 in the first round, but he shot three other rounds that broke 70 quite nicely, thank you very much. More importantly, he went bogey-free during his last two rounds and even made it through the notorious Snake Pit under par both days. In fact, he birdied the par-3 17th with a ridiculously aggressive shot in Sunday's round -- one of only 6 birdies made there all day.

Kevin became the 5th first-time winner this year. That's nice and all, but the important thing is that he sidestepped the fangs of the Copperhead Course and snaked his way into the sixth slot of the FedExCup rankings. Can you say "cash"? (I'm not cynical. Globetrotting takes money.)

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the guy who coiled his fingers around the trophy at the Tampa Bay Championship and simultaneously sank his own fangs into the Tour's jackpot:
Kevin Streelman’s first win made a big hit.
His two bogey-free days in the Snake Pit
Were a real tour de force
On the Copperhead Course
While the rest of the field wound up snake bit.
The photo came from the front page at PGATOUR.com.

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