GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., January 21, 2016 – Empower Retirement, the nation’s second largest retirement services provider, today unveiled a new multi-year partnership with PGA Tour player Robert Streb, 28, of Shawnee, Kansas.
Streb is currently ranked among the top 40 golfers in the world, according to Official World Golf Ranking, and last year ranked as high as number 1 in the FedEx Cup standings and finished ranked 18th. In 2015 he finished with nine top-10 PGA tournament finishes including a victory at the 2015 McGladrey Classic. Streb became a professional golfer immediately out of college and is now starting his fourth year on the PGA Tour.
Robert Streb might be best known for his prowess with a sand wedge–not from the bunkers but on the green. During the final round of The Greenbrier Classic in July, he tossed his putter back to his bag, and the shaft snapped. Because the rules didn’t allow him to replace the club, he putted with his 56-degree, making five birdie putts–including a 25-footer–to get into a sudden-death playoff, which Danny Lee won.
Robert Streb is hoping he can turn his form around as he bids to go back-to-back at the RSM Classic.
Streb broke through for his maiden PGA Tour title after holding off Brendon de Jonge and Will MacKenzie in a play-off to win last year’s event, then known as the McGladrey Classic.
Robert Streb’s goal is to kill them softly on the PGA Tour.
To keep working his game, steadily and without much fanfare. Streb walks and talks quietly while players like Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy carry big sticks.
Individual sports are driven by star power, which is why most glances at the FedExCup standings won’t move much farther south than the two names at the top: Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. There’s the potential for a compelling FedExCup chase between two of the game’s charismatic young celebrities. You can’t ask for much more.
The opportunity to not only play in his first PGA Championship but also contend for his first major title is certainly a big deal for Robert Streb this week in Wisconsin.
But arguably an even bigger opportunity also could be in play when the former Kansas State All-American tees it up Thursday at Whistling Straits Golf Course.
Robert Streb knows he has the game to compete in majors for years to come.
But in just his third major championship appearance — and first time playing in Europe — Streb felt like he had a chance to make a move Monday during the final round of the British Open.
Robert Streb’s first visit to Europe is turning into a pretty special business trip.
Prior to this week, Streb never had crossed the Atlantic Ocean let alone played at St. Andrews, the home of golf. In only four days at Scotland, though, the former Kansas State All-American has acclimated himself quite nicely.
Robert Streb’s first round on the historic Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland is one that he will never forget.
Streb fired a 6-under-par 66 and was just 1 shot off the pace set by Dustin Johnson in the first round of the British Open on Thursday. For LIVE SCORING, click here.
“It’s been really cool,” said Streb, a 28 year-old who played in college at Kansas State and now lives in Shawnee. “I enjoyed everything about it.”
Streb got off to a good start when he hit a wedge within 15 feet on No. 1 and made the birdie putt. He made four more birdies on the front nine, making the turn in 31, and had two birdies and one bogey on the back nine. The lone bogey came when he 3-putted on No. 10.
Robert Streb is usually sporting a big smile these days.
Streb is happy after becoming a father for the first time, and he is off to the best start of his career this season on the PGA Tour.
“Everything is going well,” Streb said. “It is a really exciting time for me.”