CHAMPIONS TOUR Streck coasts easily to three-shot victory
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.
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.
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