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Streelman makes 7 straight birdes, wins Travelers

first_imgCROMWELL, Conn. – As much as Kevin Streelman enjoys the back nine at TPC River Highlands, even he didn’t think what he accomplished Sunday was possible. Streelman birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke, shooting his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. ”It’s probably my favorite nine holes on the PGA Tour,” Streelman said. ”But you can’t plan for something like that to happen. It just kind of falls into place.” He broke the Tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open. He matched the tournament record with a 7-under 28 on the final nine. ”I had 10 one-putts in a row,” Streelman said. ”That’s something I’ve definitely never done before.” Also the Tampa Bay Championship winner last season, the 35-year-old Streelman missed the cuts in his previous four starts on Tour. ”I didn’t have too many expectations coming here,” said Streelman, who earned $1.12 million for the victory. Travelers Championship: Articles, videos and photos Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi tied for second. They each shot 67. Aaron Baddeley was fourth at 13 under after a 69. Streelman was 1 over for the day before starting the birdie run on No. 12. The streak reached five with a 37-foot putt at No. 16, and he capped it by hitting a wedge to 9 feet and rolling in another putt at No. 18. ”I knew when that putt fell on 16 that something kind of special was happening,” Streelman said. Streelman said he hasn’t focused on golf exclusively lately, trying to spend more time with wife Courtney and 6-month-old daughter Sophie. ”I was thinking about her (Sophie) on those last couple of putts. I was thinking, ‘You know what? If these go in, great. If not, great. She’s going to love me either way and we have a nice family vacation coming up either way,”’ Streelman said. Streelman said a 10-foot putt for birdie on No. 9 gave him a boost of confidence that he could finish with a flourish. Garcia has six top-10 finishes in 10 PGA Tour starts this season, and won the European Tour’s Qatar Masters in January. ”At the end of the day he played really, really well,” Garcia said about Streelman. ”I feel like I played quite nicely and it just wasn’t my time.” For the sixth straight year at the Travelers the player who held the 54-hole lead was unable to win. Ryan Moore was one stroke ahead after three rounds, but closed with a 71 to tie for fifth at 12 under. Second-round leader Scott Langley birdied his first three holes and briefly pulled into the lead at 14 under. He, too, finished with a 71 to tie for 11th at 10 under. Miguel Angel Carballo became the second player to make three eagles in a round on the PGA Tour this season as part of a 63 early Saturday. He finished at 9 under. Patrick Rodgers, the former Stanford star making his pro debut, shot a 70 to tie for 46th at 4 under. Ken Duke, the winner last year, had a 68 to also finish at 4 under.last_img read more

Services today and death notices for Dec. 9

first_imgServices todayEddie Mae Mearlon, Rock Island Baptist Church, Port Arthur, 11 a.m.Helen Bielecki, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 2 p.m. Melba Philyaw Mosby, Levingston Funeral Home, Groves, 10 a.m.Kristie Diann Graves, Broussard’s, Nederland, 7 p.m. Death noticesAnne Lee Delahoussaye, 91, of Port Neches died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.James Jackson, 68, of Port Arthur died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Johnny French, 72, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.center_img Winfred Steele, 58, of Port Arthur died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Gabriel Funeral Home.Esmer O. Couzzi, 90, of Nederland died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. Broussard’s, Nederland.Dorothy Cady Richardson, 89, of Nederland died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Port Neches.Wayne John Resweber, 60, of Port Arthur, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2016.  Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home.last_img read more

Heinrich Issues Statement Commemorating Memorial Day

first_imgU.S. Sen. Martin HeinrichU.S. SENATE News:ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day:“As we continue to grapple with one of the most challenging periods many of us have faced in our lifetimes, we should pause on this Memorial Day to reflect on how previous generations of Americans confronted levels of sacrifice and loss that are difficult for us to even comprehend.“Over the course of our nation’s history, Americans have gone to battle and sacrificed their lives for causes greater than themselves. This year, many families have had to put memorial services and shared grief on hold. Our communities are unable to come together in public ceremonies to honor the memory and legacy of the patriots who gave their lives in service. But we must never forget what these great Americans stood for: the still unfinished work of building a nation where all of us are equal and free.“This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied Victory in Europe and the Pacific, a victory over tyranny, fascism, and oppression. There are fewer Americans left who can tell us what it was like for the Greatest Generation, both those on the warfront and the home front, to face such immense and unthinkable hardships. While still climbing out from the greatest economic crisis our nation had yet faced, and staring down a rise of violence and hateful ideology around the globe, young men and women all across America stepped up to serve their country.“That included countless New Mexicans: from those who endured the horrors of the Bataan Death March to Navajo Code Talkers, whose secret messages were key to securing victory against Japan, and the research scientists and engineers who came together on a secret mission in Los Alamos to beat Hitler’s Germany in the world-reshaping race to develop nuclear weapons. All of these Americans, many of whom lost their lives, demonstrated incredible ingenuity, perseverance, and resolve.“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced each of us to change the way we live our lives in order to protect the lives of our fellow Americans. Yet reflecting on and remembering the men and women who died for us puts much of the difficulties we are facing today into perspective. Our nation is great because of their courage. Let us never forget them. Let us all recommit ourselves to what they fought to create.”last_img read more

Nigerian wonder artist’s work draws international attention

first_imgA young Nigerian Artist has sparked a huge sensation on social media across the continent with his amazing art works.35-year-old Olumide Oresegun’s paintings are so life-like that people are now comparing some of his paintings to that of the famous Italian polymath, Leonardo da Vinci.Olumide operates from his personal art studio in the outskirt of the capital, Lagos.His works are stunningly hyper-realistic that at first glances most people think they are photographs until they take very detailed and deliberate second looks.Olumide says he started as an impressionist artist before shifting to realist art then finally settling on hyper-realist art.The Nigerian began painting at a very early age, long before he went to the famous Yaba College of Technology in Lagos to pursue a higher diploma in Fine Art.He only set out as a professional artist eight years ago. But his works hardly give that impression.Water and children are consistent theme in his work. He says there is a reason for for it.“Water is a very difficult subject to treat and manipulate with the medium I use. So it’s like a challenge. I try to challenge myself to do something that is very difficult. So I believe if I can achieve something that is very difficult, it gives me an edge and also I work with children because I see them a lot in my surrounding. I play with children a lot and I realize if I don’t do something with the things in my surrounding, it will be difficult to go outside.”In just few weeks of posting some of his works on Instagram, Olumide now has well over thirty thousand followers. The works have been shared several times over and some people are already describing him as the Leonardo da Vinci of Nigeria.last_img read more