Wheaton native Streelman breaks through

Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:21 p.m. CDT
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(Chris O'Meara)
Kevin Streelman waves to the gallery after making a birdie putt on the 17th hole during the final round of the Tampa Bay Championship on Sunday in Palm Harbor, Fla. Streelman, a Wheaton native, won the tournament. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Wheaton native Kevin Streelman finally won on the PGA Tour with a game that looked as if he had done this many times before.

Streelman didn’t make a bogey over the final 37 holes on the tough Copperhead course at Innisbrook. He didn’t miss a shot over the last 11 holes on his way to a 4-under-par 67 on Sunday for a two-shot win in the Tampa Bay Championship.

Boo Weekley, who teed off three hours before the leaders, had a tournament-best 63 and waited to see if that would be enough.

Streelman, locked in a battle with Justin Leonard over the final hour, came up with one clutch shot after another. He hit 5-iron into 6 feet on the par-3 13th hole, the toughest at Innisbrook in the final round, to take the lead for good.

“Probably the best shot of my life in that situation,” Streelman said. “It’s just how I envisioned it and I pulled it off.”

He won in his 153rd start on the PGA Tour, and it sends him to the Masters next month for the second time in his career.

He finished at 10-under 274.

LPGA Founders Cup: At Phoenix, Stacy Lewis won to jump to No. 1 in the world, taking advantage of Ai Miyazato’s collapse on the 16th hole.

A day after Lewis was penalized two strokes for her caddie’s blunder on the short par 4, the American took a two-stroke lead with a birdie on the hole after Miyazato made a double bogey after an errant approach shot that left her with an unplayable lie in a desert bush.

Coming off a victory two weeks ago in Singapore, the 28-year-old Lewis won for the seventh time in her LPGA Tour career to end Yani Tseng’s 109-week run at No. 1.

Lewis closed with an 8-under 64 at Desert Ridge to finish with a tournament-record 23-under 265 total.

Miyazato finished second, three strokes back after a 71.

Toshiba Classic: At Newport Beach, Calif., David Frost won the Champions Tour event, shooting a 65 to defeat Fred Couples by five strokes and tie the tournament record of 19-under 194 set by Jay Haas in 2007.

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