Streb Wins Nationwide Children’s, Secures PGA TOUR Return

Robert Streb


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Robert Streb won the Tour Finals-opening Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship to regain full PGA Tour status, beating Peter Malnati with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Streb closed with an even-par 72 in scattered showers to match Malnati at 12-under 272 on Ohio State University’s Scarlett Course. The 2015 McGladrey Classic winner for his lone PGA Tour title, Streb was 178th in the FedEx Cup standings to drop into the four-tournament Finals.

Streb earned $180,000, with the top 25 in the four-event series earning PGA Tour cards. Malnati finished with a 66. The winner of the PGA Tour’s 2016 Sanderson Farms Championship, he earned $108,000.

Cameron Davis (66) was a stroke back, and Shawn Stefani (67) followed at 8 under. Davis made $68,000, and Stefani $48,000. Last year, Seamus Power took the 25th and final card with $40,625.

The series features the top 75 players — Davis was 34th — from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 — Stefano was 147th, and Malnati 161st — in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings; and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200.

The top-25 finishers on the regular-season money list have earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.