Streelman rises in U.S. Ryder Cup standings with win in Hartford
Kevin Streelman birdied each of his last seven holes on Sunday to win the Travelers Championship and catapulted from No. 51 to No. 23 in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.
Streelman's late birdie flourish set a new standard on the PGA Tour. The previous record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner was six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open. Streelman matched the tournament record with a 7-under 28 on the final nine.
Outside of the huge leap by Streelman, there was very little movement in the top 20 of the latest standings.
Here's a look at the current top 12 (remember, the top nine after the PGA Championship in August automatically qualify, while U.S. Captain Tom Watson will fill out the team with three captain's picks):
1. Bubba Watson
2. Jimmy Walker
3. Dustin Johnson
4. Matt Kuchar
5. Jordan Spieth
6. Jim Furyk
7. Rickie Fowler
8. Jason Dufner
9. Patrick Reed
10. Phil Mickelson
11. Chris Kirk
12. Harris English
There was no movement in the top 10 this week. Harris English tied for seventh at the Travelers to hop over Zach Johnson for the No. 12 spot, while Johnson missed the cut and slipped to No. 13.
Ryan Moore moved up from No. 18 to No. 16 with a tie for fifth at the Travelers Championship.
This week the PGA Tour is in Bethesda, Md., for the Quicken Loans National. Plenty of big names are in the field for the event at Congressional, including Tiger Woods. Woods is playing for the first time since recovering from back surgery following the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in March.
This will be a crucial stretch for the rusty Woods. He's currently No. 67 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings. This is expected to be the only start for Woods before the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, which begins on July 17.
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