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CHAMPIONS TOUR Streck coasts easily to three-shot victory



Published: Sun, July 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



He's the first player to win on the PGA, Champions, and Nationwide tours.

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) -- Ron Streck just keeps making golf history.

Streck shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday to win the Commerce Bank Championship by three strokes, making him the first player with a victory on the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour and the Nationwide Tour.

The 50-year-old -- he turns 51 on July 17 -- became the first wire-to-wire winner on the Champions Tour this year and his three-tour feat only adds to his golf fame.

He was the first player to use a metal wood in competition on the PGA Tour in 1981.

Jim Ahern had the best closing round, a 6-under 65, and he caught Streck at 14 under on the 15th hole, but it wasn't enough as he finished at 13-under 200, three behind Streck after three trips around the 6,989-yard Red Course at Eisenhower Park.

No playoff

Streck's win ended the Champions Tour's run of fours straight playoffs.

He won $225,000 from the $1.5 million purse. He started the day 65th on the money list with $98,243.

His best finish this year was a tie for 21st last week at the Bank of America Championship.

Dan Pohl (68) and Craig Stadler (69) were another stroke back at 201, while Tom Jenkins had a 70 and was at 11 under.

There was a five-way tie for sixth. R.W. Eaks had a 68 Sunday, while Darrell Kestner, Gary McCord and D.A. Weibring all had 70s and Dave Eichelberger a 71.

Streck won twice on the PGA Tour -- at San Antonio in 1979 and at Houston in 1981 -- and he won the Yuma Open on the Nationwide Tour in 1993, beating a then-24-year-old Chris DiMarco in a playoff.

Pack stayed close early

Sixteen players started the final round within five shots of the lead and the pack stayed close for a while. Nine players were tied at 10 under, two strokes behind Streck through seven holes.

That's when Streck ended a run of pars with his first of four birdies in the round. Streck, who opened with a 9-under 62, had just two bogeys in the tournament, both in the second round.

Ahern, who has one top-10 finish this year, was one stroke behind Streck when he went to the 18th tee. He pushed his drive to the right near a bush on the par-4 and couldn't get his second shot to the green, the first time all day he didn't reach in regulation.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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