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McGladrey Title Goes to Strebin Playoff; He Rallies from 5 Shots Back for Victory on Seaside Course

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

McGladrey Title Goes to Strebin Playoff; He Rallies from 5 Shots Back for Victory on Seaside Course

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Byline: Garry Smits

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. | As a high school golfer growing up at the famed Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla., Robert Streb wanted to play for Oklahoma and didn't think he had the game for perennial national championship contender Oklahoma State.

Kansas State worked out just fine and, on Sunday, Streb became the second Wildcat to win on the PGA Tour, thanks to a remarkable display of clutch putting on the back nine of the Sea Island Club Seaside Course and a superb par-3 tee shot to end the proceedings on a sun-splashed South Georgia afternoon.

Streb birdied the 17th hole on a putt of 4 feet, 3 inches to defeat Brendon de Jonge of Zimbabwe on the second playoff hole of the McGladrey Classic, collecting his first Tour title, a $1,008,000 first-place check and the early lead in the 2014-15 FedEx Cup standings with a haul of 500 points.

Streb also is eligible for an invitation to the 2015 Masters Tournament. He lists playing at Augusta National as one of two items on his bucket list.

The other is attending a Texas-Oklahoma football game, so Augusta will come first.

"Thought I would have made that game by now," he said.

Will MacKenzie (68) had joined Streb (63) and de Jonge (65) at 14-under 266 with a birdie at No. 17 and a nifty up-and-down for par at No. 18. MacKenzie was eliminated when he bogeyed the first playoff hole, No. 18, after his second shot found a deep bunker on the right of the green. The playoff was extended when Streb and de Jonge both parred the 18th.

Streb came from five shots behind at the start of the round and secured his spot in the playoff when he birdied four holes in a row on the back, capped by 33-foot putt at the 17th. When he returned to the same hole in sudden death, he hit the same 8-iron but got much closer - barely more than a pace - and after de Jonge missed a 21-foot birdie attempt, Streb rattled the putt in, his 12th one-putt green of the day.

Streb said his wife, Maggie, who is scheduled to give birth to their first child on Feb. 9, gave him the motivation when she called his finishing score.

"My wife was very confident," he said. " 'You're going to shoot 63, 64 and you're going to win. …

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