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Kansas State product Robert Streb takes 36-hole lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship

MATCH RECAP WRITTEN BY PRESTON SMITH; COURTESY WEB.COM TOUR & NCC MEDIA RELATIONS

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio –The rain stayed away but it was very windy Friday in for the 12th playing of the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, but not even the wind gusts could stop former PGA TOUR winner Robert Streb from posting a second-round 3-under 68 to move to 9-under 133 heading into the Saturday and Sunday.

2017 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada Player of the Year Kramer Hickok sits one back of Streb, followed by a host of players tied at 7-under 135.

“(It feels) a little different,” Streb said of holding the 36-hole lead. “I haven’t done too much of it this year, but it’s nice to be playing well, putting well.  Hopefully, I can keep getting some chances this weekend and see how we do.”

Robert Streb pleased with his week so far (megasportsnews.com photo)

Streb, who entered Friday one stroke back of the lead, ran into trouble early at the always tough Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. After picking up a bogey on his opening hole Thursday, Streb ran into the same fate on Friday, carding a five on the par-4 10th (his first hole of the day).

“I hit it way left,” he said when asked what led to the error. “I got a pretty good break and just basically guessed poorly on the green firmness.  I got through the green (on my approach shot), had a tough chip, and then hit a good one.”

The mistake ended up being the only one of the day for Streb, who kept his scorecard clean for the remainder of the round. Birdies on Nos. 12 and 18 allowed him to make the turn at 1-under 34 and join a collection of players who had become bunched atop the leaderboard.

After making par on the first three holes of his second nine, the father-of-three needed something big to build momentum and break away from the rest of the pack.

That something big came for Streb in the form of an eagle at the par-5 fourth.

“That was nice,” Streb remarked after the round. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to cover the bunker or not.  It covered, I had a pretty good number, and luckily, it landed soft on the green and I had a good putt at it.”

The 2012 Mylan Classic champion and Kansas State University alum would go on to par his remaining five holes, ending the day at 68.