Streb takes three-shot lead into Sunday at The RSM Classic

Ross Houston
November 22, 2020

Robert Streb overcame gusting winds to fire a spotless nine-under 63 to grab a two stroke lead after the second round of the RSM Classic on Friday.

Zach Johnson (65) and Bronson Burgoon (67) are Streb's nearest challengers at 14 under.

Villegas is a four-time victor - his last victory was six years ago - and knows not to get too caught up at the halfway point.

In 2014, Streb closed with a 63 to make up a five-shot deficit before winning a three-man playoff.

"Based on the amount of talent that lives here, based on the resumes that live here and having that course knowledge, it is a little bit surprising; I find it a little bit odd (that a local hasn't won the RSM)", said Johnson, a two-time major champion who has played on all 11 years of this tournament.

Emiliano Grillo had a 65 and was four shots behind, while Kevin Kisner (66) and Kyle Stanley (68) were five back. Overall, he had six birdies and three bogeys.

Streb began his round with a quick hook and escaped trouble with par. He came up well short of the green on the par-3 third and had to get up-and-down from 65 meet, making an 8-foot par putt. He made his first birdie with a sand wedge to 3 feet on No. 8, and the rest of the round was relatively stress-free except for a couple of more two-putts from 50 feet or longer.

Tenth-ranked Tyrell Hatton of England holed his second shot from 110 yards for an eagle on the 16th hole in a 69 and is tied for 31st, while sixth-ranked Webb Simpson, who has lost twice in playoffs at the RSM including previous year, is tied for 41st after a 66. 14-17, to get to 14-under 196 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla. "I m not going to say the confidence is coming back from these two past days, but I think having the shoulder good and all the work that I ve put in the last few months made me feel better".

"I don't want to be the one that breaks the streak", he said. The American dropped a stroke on the par-4 16th. "I only had nine-iron in, so I was able to be a little more aggressive to a front pin that s in a tough place with the way it was playing downwind".

"I just trying to keep push myself until the last hole", Kim said. "I hit good shots".

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