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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Limerick Summary: 2014 Travelers Championship

Winner: Kevin Streelman

Around the wider world of golf: Behold, scoffers! Michelle Wie rocked the golf world by making her first LPGA major the biggest in the women's game, the US Women's Open at Pinehurst. Also, Tom Lehman won the Encompass Championship on the Champions Tour; Sebastian Cappelen won the Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour; Joel Dahmen won the Syncrude Boreal Open on the PGA Tour Canada; Mikko Ilonen won the Irish Open on the ET; Camilla Lennarth won the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open on the LET; Nicole Vandermade won the Four Winds Invitational on the Symetra Tour; and Jiyai Shin won the Nichirei Ladies on the JLPGA (the Constructivist has details).

Kevin Streelman kisses trophy

I confess. The Travelers Championship was pretty low on my priority list Sunday. First I was watching the US Women's Open as Michelle Wie finally broke through in the majors. (After all, GC was going to replay the Travelers later; if I didn't watch the Open live, I'd miss it.) And then the USA-Portugal game in the World Cup came on just as the Open finished. (Again, I had to watch it live or miss it.)

But I got to see enough of Kevin Streelman's performance to enjoy it. Nobody in PGA Tour history had ever birdied the last 7 holes in the final round to win an event before Kevin did it. (Ironically, the fact that he shot 64-64 on the weekend seems to have slipped under the radar!) And he did it with some serious firepower right on his tail the whole way.

Wait a minute... it was Kevin who was on the tail of the serious firepower to start the round. And only leader Ryan Moore, Michael Putnam, and Scott Langley went backwards with 71s. Sergio and K.J. Choi -- the two men in the chase with the most wins -- both tied for second, just a stroke back of Streels.

In a way it's a shame that Kevin picked this week to grab his second win. On almost any other Sunday he would have been the big story in golf. But I doubt that he really cares; this was a huge win for the Streelman clan. After all, there was a time when this seemed like an unattainable goal.

And besides, he still gets the coveted Limerick Summary this week. Surely that counts for something!
After four cuts that Kevin had missed,
TPC River Highlands was bliss!
His birdie barrage
Was no dreamer's mirage;
It was more than the field could resist.
The photo came from espn.go.com.

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