Robert Streb wins RSM Classic in playoff after nearly holing 160-yard approach for eagle
Robert Streb held a three-shot lead after three days in Sea Island, Ga., for the RSM Classic, but could he hold on in Round 4? And hold off another former champ? Here’s how the final round played out on Sunday.
Who won: Robert Streb (two-under 68; 19 under overall, 263) / *Birdied second playoff hole
How it happened: Streb’s three-shot lead was trimmed to two at the turn, as Kevin Kisner charged up the leaderboard by playing the first 10 holes in five under. Kisner birdied the 13th to get to 18 under and within one of Streb, and they were tied for the lead after Streb couldn’t get up and down for par on 13. Cameron Tringale closed with an eight-under 62 and birdied two of the last four to get to 18 under and take the clubhouse lead, but Kisner stole it with his seven-under 63, good for 19 under. Streb birdied the 17th to match Kisner, then hit his approach to 14 feet on 18. Needing to convert his birdie putt to win otherwise go to a playoff, Streb missed, and the players headed to the par-4 18th tee.
Kisner had the advantage on 18 after Streb drove it into a fairway bunker and couldn’t reach the green from there, but Kisner missed his birdie putt, and Streb was able to get up and down to match his par. Playing the 18th again, Streb nearly holed out his approach for eagle from 160 yards and settled for a tap-in birdie from just outside a foot to win.
Why it matters: It’s the second career victory for Streb, whose only other PGA Tour win came at the 2014 McGladrey Classic (also in Sea Island), which was renamed the RSM Classic a year later when the title sponsor changed. Kisner won the RSM Classic in 2015.
Best shot: Streb and Kisner both found the rough off the tee on the second playoff hole, but Streb nearly holed his approach — catching the left lip of the cup — that led to a tap-in birdie and victory.
Biggest swing: Kisner missed the green on 14 and used a putter to blast the ball up a steep incline. It came to rest just on top of the hill on the fringe, yet he still drained the par save from just inside 18 feet. (He finished the week 18 for 18 in scrambling.) Right around the same time Kisner saved his par, Streb missed a five-foot par save on 13, and they were tied at 18 under.
Up next: The PGA Tour is off next week before heading south for the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.