Kevin Streelman won the Tampa Bay Championship for his first PGA Tour victory.
PALM HARBOR, Fla. — The uphill climb to the 18th green at Innisbrook was nothing compared with the journey that brought Kevin Streelman his first PGA Tour victory.
He burned up three cars driving about 400,000 miles across the country playing mini-tours. He used to clean clubs during the week and caddie on the weekends. His biggest claim on Tour was winning $1 million from a bonus competition called the Kodak Challenge.
Streelman won the Tampa Bay Championship on Sunday in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour, closing with a 4-under-par 67 to beat runner-up Boo Weekley (63) by two strokes.
Streelman, 34, had a 10-under 274 total at Copperhead and earned $990,000.
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“Always had a dream of getting here,” Streelman said.
As for former Washington Huskies, Troy Kelly (75) tied for 63rd place at 6 over and Richard H. Lee (74) tied for 70th at 8 over.
Frost defeats Couples by 5 shots
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — David Frost won the Toshiba Classic, shooting a 6-under 65 to defeat Seattle native Fred Couples by five strokes in the 50-and-older Champions Tour event.
Frost, 53, tied the tournament record of 19-under 194 set by Jay Haas in 2007. Frost earned $262,500.
Couples (69) made $154,000. He was in the familiar position of coping with back pain on the course.
“I was feeling good, but then I got really, really stiff,” Couples said. “I hit a lot of bad wedges. I hit a bad wedge on 6 and 7 and 16.
“I was kind of flinching at it. They weren’t very good swings, either.”
Kirk Triplett (69), a Pullman High School graduate, tied for 51st place at even par.
Lewis to rise
to No. 1 in world
PHOENIX — American Stacy Lewis won the LPGA Founders Cup by three strokes and will rise to No. 1 in this week’s world ranking, ending Yani Tseng’s 109-week stay at the top.
Lewis closed with an 8-under 64 at Desert Ridge to finish with a tournament-record, 23-under 265 total on the cactus-lined Wildfire layout. The 28-year-old earned $225,000 for her seventh LPGA Tour victory.
Runner-up Ai Miyazato (71) of Japan made a double bogey on No. 16 after an errant approach shot left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.
Jimin Kang (70), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, tied for 13th place at 14 under. Ex-UW Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (71) of Yakima tied for 51st at 6 under.
• Thomas Aiken of South Africa clinched the second European Tour title of his career, winning the Avantha Masters in Greater Noida, India, with a 23-under 265 total. Aiken closed with a 5-under 67 and beat India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar (64) by three shots.
• Prayad Marksaeng, a 47-year-old Thai, shot a final-round 64 for a 24-under total of 264 to win the Thailand Open in Bangkok by two strokes over Scott Strange of Australia.