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Travelers Championship 2014: Daily Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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With Martin Kaymer's dominant performance at the U.S. Open still fresh in our minds, the PGA Tour turned to Cromwell, Connecticut, for the Travelers Championship. 

With a loaded field and 500 FedEx Cup points on the line, the stage is certainly set for an intriguing weekend of golf. Below, you'll find a recap from every day of the tournament, complete with the updated leaderboard and highlights from all four rounds.

 

Fourth Round

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What a remarkable finish from Kevin Streelman.

After making the turn with a one-over 36 on Sunday, he birdied his last seven-straight holes for a back nine of 28 and a Round 4 score of six-under 64 to capture the Travelers Championship title by one stroke over Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi.

PGA Tour noted Streelman's incredible accomplishment:

Here's a look at the final leaderboard:

The full leaderboard can be viewed at PGATour.com.

Streelman began then day at nine under—four strokes behind leader Ryan Moore. Although, as the leaders faltered, and the course began to give up some strokes, Streelman took full advantage.

After dropping shots on hole Nos. 2 and 7, Streelman birdied the par-four ninth to make the turn one over. That's when he began to do some serious damage.

He parred the 10th and 11th holes and simply played at another level over his final seven holes. After recording four-straight birdies, Streelman entered the par-three 16th. His long, winding birdie putt was simply brilliant:

Streelman followed that birdie with an impressive 124-yard approach to three feet on No. 17 for yet another. With a chance to make it seven consecutive birdies, Streelman hit this approach to the 18th green:

That birdie putt would be enough to take home the championship.

Garcia and Choi each delivered impressive rounds of 67 on Sunday. Those three-under performances were enough finish T2.

Garcia had his ups and downs over the round, but finished strong with a beautiful 10-foot birdie putt at No. 17:

It wasn't to be for Day 3 leader Ryan Moore. His one-over 71 for the day was the only over-par performance on Day 4 of any player finishing in the top 10.

For Streelman, this tweet from the Travelers Championship says it all:

Well earned, indeed.

 

Third Round

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For the third day in a row, a new player sat atop the leaderboard at the close of play. On Saturday, it was Ryan Moore who seized the top spot, shooting a 66 to take him to 13-under for the tournament. 

That left him a stroke ahead of Aaron Baddeley and two strokes ahead of four different players, including Sergio Garcia. Here's your updated look at the scoreboard:

While Moore stole the lead, the top round of the day went to Kevin Streelman, whose 64 saw him rise 32 places on the leaderboard and settle into a tie for seventh place, four strokes off the lead. That left him as one of 13 players within four strokes of the lead.

Should be a fun Sunday. 

But Saturday was really all about Moore. Heck, even the highlights belonged to him on the day. Check out this eagle on the 6th, via the PGA Tour on Twitter:

And how about this lovely chip on the 11th?

That's a lovely bit of golfing right there, folks. 

And so everything is set up for a fantastic finale in the final round. The birdies and eagles have been flying about, so low scores should continue to prevail, and given the parity atop the leaderboard, it wouldn't be surprising to see a truly close finish or even a playoff in this tournament. 

Can Moore hang on? Brendan Steele and Scott Langley would tell him he shouldn't hold his breath.

 

Second Round

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Consistency has been the name of the game for Scott Langley.

After shooing a solid 64 on Thursday Langley kept up the pace, shooting a 65 on Friday to find himself atop the leaderboard at 11-under. Three players were nipping at his heels, however, as Michael Putnam, K.J. Choi and Harris English were all just a stroke back at 10-under.

Langley spoke about his round afterwards with the PGA Tour on Twitter:

Here's your full look at the leaderboard:

Langley's ability to avoid mistakes has really benefitted him. He's bogeyed just three holes in the first two days, a far cry from Thursday's leader Brendan Steele, who bogeyed five holes on Friday and found himself tied for fifth after shooting a 69. 

Hardly shabby stuff, of course, but with 19 golfers within five strokes of the leader, it wasn't the type of performance that Steele can afford to have again. 

What Steele needs is a few shots like your about to see in a day full of impressive highlights. Check out this sweet shot from Chesson Hadley:

Meanwhile, Troy Merritt nearly had a hole-in-one on the 15th:

And then there was the always entertaining John Daly, with this ridiculous eagle:

A few players were largely devoid of highlights, however. A lot of big names failed to make the cut, including Hunter Mahan, Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson.

But the big story after Friday is just how tight the leaderboard is heading into the weekend. Thirty-eight players are within seven strokes of the leader, and given that we've already seen five rounds of 63 or lower, a winner truly could emerge from anywhere.

But the consistency of Langley should benefit him. He'll just have to hope he can remain more consistent than the throngs of players nipping at his heels. It's all shaping up to be one heck of a weekend.

 

First Round

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It was all about the man of Steele during the first round of the Travelers Championship.

No, not Superman, though Brendan Steele certainly played like him on Thursday, finishing with an eight-under 62 to sit atop the leaderboard. It was a huge round for Steele, as the Golf Channel tweeted:

Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore were nipping at his heels at seven under, while five players were tied at six under. Here's your leaderboard for the day:

Steele flirted with a course-record 59, with an eagle and six birdies in the first 13 holes. Five straight pars followed, however, preventing him from reaching that mystical 59. Still, finishing the round without a single bogey was obviously quite the feat. 

It might be a bit premature to suggest Steele is the favorite to win this tournament; however, as Justin Ray of the Golf Channel through a bit of cold water on his excellent start:

Moore, for one, will feel as though he can catch him. He talked about his strong opening round and his mentality during it with Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel:

I was relaxed and comfortable and just played golf today, instead of overdoing it and overthinking it, which I feel like I’ve maybe done a bit lately. I’ve been practicing too much instead of just relaxing and knowing I can just go play golf and shoot a score.

A few other players perhaps overthought things a bit, though. While several big names like Brandt Snedeker, Sergio Garcia (both five under), Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson (both four under) and Bubba Watson (three under), among others, kept themselves within striking distance, several other top players struggled, including Jason Day, Patrick Reed (both even) and Zach Johnson (one over).

Those folks didn't have many highlights on the day. But many other golfers did, as passed along by the PGA Tour on Twitter.

Cauley, for one, finished his round in style:

Chad Campbell posted an eagle on the 13th:

And Ken Duke was just showing off with this birdie:

The question for Friday will be whether Steele can keep up his near-historic pace and remain atop the leaderboard. It certainly won't be easy, as 27 players are within four strokes of him on the leaderboard. Suffice to say, Steele wasn't the only one who had a good start at the Travelers Championship.

Whether or not he can remain super is now the question. The field is shaping up for a competitive weekend of golf at the TPC River Highlands.

 

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