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Photo: Associated Press-Curran in Brazil

Robert Streb defeated Brendon de Jonge and Will MacKenzie in a playoff to win The McGladrey Classic on Sunday, moving to the top of the FedExCup standings and earning a number of other perks, including a two-year exemption on the PGA TOUR and a trip to the Masters Tournament in April.

The trio finished at 14-under 266 and, after MacKenzie (68) bowed out on the first playoff hole, Streb (63) defeated de Jonge (65) by hitting an 8-iron to 4 feet and converting the birdie bid on the par-3 17th.

A runner-up finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last season was his best finish before this week. In two previous TOUR seasons, he has ended the FedExCup chase in 126th (one shot shy of the Playoffs) and 71st missing the 2014 BMW Championship by one.

For Team New England, PGA TOUR rookie Jon Curran finished the McGladrey -3/277 for a T-54th finish after shooting -2/68 in the final round. Jim Renner did not play the 4th round as he was at 212 after 54 holes and J.J. Henry missed the 36 hole cut.

Rookie, Curran,  has suited up for all three of the PGA TOUR’s Fall Series events getting off to a good start with a T-8, earning $168,000, at the Frys.Com Open. Jon missed the cut at the Shiners Hospital. His earnings after three starts is $180,544 and is ranked 35th on the FedEx standings. While it may be early in this new season, it is my hope Jon can get some work done on his distance off the tee and get on top of his putting. After three events he is ranked 161st in Driving Distance and 140th in putting.

This week it is the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and TNE’s Scott Stalling has made the trip for the $7 million purse with the winning check being $1,260,000

 

 

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