Robert Streb has always been a pretty mixed-up player on the PGA Tour. In the 2014-15 season in which he celebrated his first win, Streb reached nine top 10 finishes, accounting for almost half of the 34-year-old’s career. And after winning for the second time early last season, this was his only top 10 from 2020-2021.
But on Thursday he put together the best streak to open a round of his life. In fact, its hot start has set a PGA Tour mark for the start of a tournament.
Streb immediately took a liking to The Summit Club, which is hosting the CJ Cup for the first time this week. He birdies the first two holes before fishing the third. But he wasn’t finished yet.
Streb added three more birdies to start his third round as he raced through six holes to a ridiculous seven under. That was the best start for a PGA Tour event in the ShotLink era (since 2004). After climbing five holes to six under six, the PGA Tour tweeted that he’d hit that record too, while delivering a few early highlights:
Forget # 59Watch, this guy is at # 49Watch in Vegas. Incredible.
The tour later said Streb’s start to six was only surpassed by Brandt Snedeker, who made it during the opening round of the 2007 Farmers Insurance Open.
Streb really cooled down with three pars to finish his Front Nine. Still, he made the turn on 29 to secure the (very) early lead. Okay, golf fans today will have to be content with a # 59Watch.
UPDATE: So we didn’t see a 59 on Thursday, but Streb kept cooking on the second nine. After a bogey at the 251-yard, par-3 11th, he added five more birdies to finish with an 11-under-par 61. He is currently leading by four strokes.