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2020 RSM Classic: Robert Streb finds way to win again at Sea Island

Robert Streb 2020 RSM Classic
American Robert Streb posts his 2nd victory on the PGA Tour, both at Sea Island Resort in Georgia, as he wins the RSM Classic.

American holds off Kevin Kisner to win the RSM Classic for his 2nd victory on the PGA Tour, both at Sea Island Resort in Georgia

Robert Streb has won only two times in 214 career starts on the PGA Tour, with both of them coming at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga. Just don’t ask him to explain it.

“I don't have a good answer for you,” he said after holding off fellow American Kevin Kisner on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the RSM Classic. “My finishes here are all over the lot, but I do like it here. The greens are always pure, and I feel like if you're playing good, you can do well.”

Streb, who also won at Sea Island in 2014 when the tournament was known as the McGladrey Classic, had not finished higher than T-25 in subsequent appearances in coastal Georgia. He had gone 165 starts between victories. Streb held a three-stroke lead after 54 holes but had to claw his way into a playoff with an 11-foot birdie at the par-3 17th en route to a 2-under 68 and a tie with Kisner, who surged up the leaderboard with a bogey-free 63, at 19-under 263 (scores).

American Cameron Tringale shot the week's low round, an 8-under 62, to set the clubhouse page at 18-under 264 before Kisner and Streb finished one shot better. Tringale, who finished third, posted his first top-10 result in six starts this fall.

Streb holed a clutch 10-foot par putt on the first playoff hole, the par-4 18th, to force a return to the 18th tee. Faced with another go at the closing hole, he hit pitching wedge from 158 yards in the left rough to within tap-in distance for a winning birdie.

“It’s nice to get another one knocked off,” said Streb, 33. “Kiz played a great round today, and I just snuck one in there on 17. Felt pretty fortunate to get in the playoff the way things were kind of running there at the end, so really nice to get another one.”

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