Kevin Streelman maintained a slim lead over the difficult closing stretch of the Tampa Bay Championship to capture his first-career PGA victory.
Streelman, who began the day tied for the lead with Justin Leonard and George Coetzee at six-under, fired a four-under 67 on Sunday.
After turning pro in 2001, Streelman had tallied just 19 top-10 finishes in his 152 events prior to this week.
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Final Leaderboard—2013 Tampa Bay Championship
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The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort has to be considered the most complete test in this string of early-season Florida stops, and it showed why again this week as everyone was struggling to make birdies.
Driving accuracy is a necessity and distance control is key. These greens, which got faster as the tournament progressed, were hard and difficult to handle.
The day began with a whopping nine players within two strokes of the lead, and the entire top 20 within four of the lead.
Boo Weekley stole the show early as he came out and lit this difficult course on fire.
After playing the first three rounds at even par, Weekley fired a 63. This impressive Sunday round meant the veteran finished his day as the clubhouse leader at eight-under.
With Weekley offering up efforts like this 164-yard approach shot on the difficult par-four 16th, it is no surprise he was able to go so low:
He was nearly flawless on his bogey-free day.
Weekley held at least a part of the lead long after his round ended. It wasn't until Streelman fired this spectacular tee shot to set up a birdie on the par-three 12th, that Weekly was overtaken:
Streelman knew that he wasn't just trying to stay ahead of Weekly. His playing partner, Leonard, was right on his heels.
Leonard hit this 139-yard approach on the par-four 12th, to drop to eight-under.
Leonard, who was looking for his first PGA victory in nearly five years, would bogey the next, the hole Streelman birdied to take the lead. However, he quickly bounced back with a birdie on No. 14 to get back within one of Streelman.
It largely became a three-horse battle at that point.
The finishing holes on this course are brutal. Streelman and Leonard, who made up the day's final group, were the only players on the course lower than six-under.
The event's defending champ, Luke Donald, flirted with contention. After a pedestrian start to this tournament, which has coincided with his pedestrian start to the year, he began to find his groove though as he fired a 67 on Saturday.
Donald drilled this 20' birdie putt on the par-four 10th hole to drop to six-under:
Donald wouldn't get any closer as he parred his final seven holes.
Meanwhile, Leonard battled but he couldn't get any closer, and when Streelman birdied No. 17 to take a two-shot advantage, this tournament was all but over.
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