PALM HARBOR, Fla. —
All that mattered to Streelman was finally getting a win.
“Just keep chasing your dreams,” Streelman said. “You never know what will happen.”
Sixteen players were within three shots of the lead when the final round began, and anything could have happened. No one imagined a 63 at Innisbrook, and Weekley’s round was so strong that it was 8.6 shots better than the field average.
“That will go down as one of the best rounds of the year,” Pat Perez said in the parking lot, pleased with his own 67 and stunned someone could have a 63.
Weekley began his round by missing a 4-foot birdie putt, and he closed with such brilliance that he ran off three straight birdies on the back nine from inside 2 feet.
“It was impressive,” Weekley said. “Even I’m still kind of shocked at how good I really hit it. The greens that I missed, I thought were going to be perfect. Overall, one of the best days I’ve had in ball striking in a long time.”
Considering what was on the line, Streelman’s performance might have been better, even if his score was only a 67. He had to play in the final group, knowing that he hasn’t had a chance this good to finally win.
“That was really cool,” Streelman said. “I just stayed really patient, and I had a peace about me today.”
Leonard tied him for the lead on the 12th, where Streelman missed a short birdie. Every shot after that was right where Streelman was aiming, including the key shot on the 16th hole, when he hit driver with a baby cut that worked its way around the lake.
The birdie on the 17th kept some stress out of the final hole, and Streelman played that the way he had the other holes on the back nine.