Streb tames par-fives to take early lead in Charlotte
By Andrew Both
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - American Robert Streb rode a little luck and a hot putter into a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday.
Streb dominated the par-fives, picking up birdies at all four of the long holes, en route to a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 in pleasant morning conditions at Quail Hollow.
The 28-year-old from Oklahoma leads fellow Americans Patrick Reed and Kevin Chappell by one stroke, with local favorite Webb Simpson among a large group two back.
Streb, whose breakthrough PGA Tour victory came at the McGladrey Classic in October, had a mini-slump earlier this year which coincided with the arrival of a daughter in February.
But a putting adjustment last week led to a solid tie for 30th at the Players Championship, and he carried that form into Thursday.
"Everything is trending the right way at the moment," Streb told reporters. "I got the putter going, got my hands pushed forward a little bit and finally just made some putts over five, six feet.
"Last week was the first time in awhile I felt like I had putted solid for the most part."
Streb's lucky break came at the par-five seventh, where his 15-yard pitch shot was moving like a rocket when it clattered against the pin and stopped four feet away, setting up birdie. Continued...