Kevin Streelman triumphed in the Tampa Bay Championship at Innisbrook Resort, Copperhead course. Kevin beat off the challenge of the more experienced players to lift his first PGA Tour trophy.
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Kevin had a two-shot triumph at the Tampa Bay Championship, presented by EverBank, his last round of -4 under par, 67, and a tournament total of -10 under par. He said it was all about chasing your dreams;
” It just shows you what happens with determination and hard work, keep chasing your dreams and you never know what’ll happen. It wasn’t too long ago I was in a car driving myself around, dead broke. I was at peace for most of the day, we just tried to let go of the results and try to make good swings all day. To go bogey-free on this course for the weekend is something I’m pretty proud of. To get this is the culmination of a lot of a hard work, a lot of time spent late into the evening and getting up early in the morning, it’s really a dream come true.”
Back when he was a rookie, Kevin was invited to join Whisper Rock. Some months later, he captured the club championship;
” Went from caddie to club champion at Whisper Rock, which is a pretty cool story.”
Kevin was unaware for a time that Bo Weekley was in the clubhouse at -8 under par, it wasn’t until the middle of the back nine, that he realized Bo was on top of the leaderboard;
“I kind of saw it at number eight, but I didn’t know if he was done yet.”
Bo Weekley finished up in second place, but had been in the clubhouse for couple of hours after his scintillating last round of -8 under par 63. He sat and watched as the field tried to chase him down, eventually Kevin did;
” My hat’s off to Streelman, he brought it to the house and played well. First victory, I’m happy for him.”
Third place went to Cameron Tringale, his last round of -5 under par, 66, for -7 under total was good enough to squeeze him past the trio of players at -6 under.
Tied for fourth at -6 under was World number three Luke Donald, left hander Greg Chalmers, and the favorite for the title for most of the day Justin Leonard.