Streb Learns Fast
It is sometimes said that you need experience to handle links golf but if that is the case then Robert Streb must be the exception that proves the rule.
“I have never been here before,” admitted the 28 year-old who hails from Chickasha, Oklahoma, and whose sole PGA Tour victory came earlier this season at the McGladrey Classic. “I’ve never done much with links golf but St Andrews is a pretty good place to start.
“Luckily you can miss a lot of shots left out here,” he added somewhat modestly. “It’s been really cool. I enjoyed everything about it.”
Streb’s secret may well have been that he played a practice round earlier in the week with Tom Watson. “He was pretty helpful,” the first-timer admitted. “He’s obviously has a great track record over here. I pre-arranged it last week. We both live in Kansas City. I knew the week would be busy for him but luckily he was nice enough to play.”
Streb’s round started with a birdie at the first when he hit a 60-degree wedge into 15-feet. He went on to birdie the 3RD, 5TH, 6TH and 9TH to race to the turn in five under par 31. He dropped at shot with a three-putt at the 10tH but then cruised home with further birdies at the 12TH and 15TH holes.
“I wouldn’t say I’m overly-comfortable,” the American admitted. “I still don’t know what to expect when the wind changes but I’m just going to try my best and see how I do.
“I’m sure it won’t be very easy. I haven’t had the chance to play this place in a real heavy wind yet but I’m sure it will be a treat.”