Kevin Streelman surges to Travelers victory _lowres

Associated Press photo by Fred Beckham Kevin Streelman watches his drive on the 18th hole during the final round of theTravelers Championship on Sunday, June 22, 2014. Streelman finished his round with seven straight birdies to win the tournament at 15-under par.

CROMWELL, Conn. — Kevin Streelman birdied the last seven holes to win the Travelers Championship by a stroke at TPC River Highlands.

Streelman shot his second straight 6-under 64 to finish at 15-under 265. He broke the tour record for consecutive closing birdies by a winner of six set by Mike Souchak in the 1956 St. Paul Open.

The 35-year-old Streelman also won the Tampa Bay Championship last season. He missed the cuts in his previous four starts on tour.

Sergio Garcia and K.J. Choi tied for second. They each shot 67.

Aaron Baddeley was fourth at 13 under after a 69.

Champions

BIRDIE PUTT LIFTS LEHMAN TO ENCOMPASS CHAMPIONSHIP: In Glenview, Ill., Tom Lehman made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship.

The 55-year-old Lehman closed with a 2-under 70 at North Shore and had a 15-under 201 total for his eighth senior title and first since 2012. He rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 — his only dropped strokes of the week — with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16, parred the par-3 17th and won on the par-4 18th.

Michael Allen and Kirk Triplett tied for second, a stroke back. Allen shot 67, and Triplett had a 68.

Lehman, the 1996 British Open winner, opened with rounds of 65 and 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. He ended a 27-event victory drought.

European Tour

ILONEN WINS IRISH OPEN: In Cork, Ireland, Finland’s Mikko Ilonen completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Irish Open, shooting a 1-under 70 to beat Italy’s Edoardo Molinari by a stroke.

Ilonen finished at 13-under 271 at Fota Island. He has four victories in 300 career European Tour starts.

Molinari closed with a 67. England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, the U.S. Amateur champion, had a 68 to tie for 29th at 5 under in his pro debut.