Kevin Streelman, new revolving ball marker

The Valspar Championship made headlines not just for Malnati's victory after nine years and MacIntyre's caddie's jersey but also for Kevin Streelman's unique ball marker

by Andrea Gussoni
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Kevin Streelman, new revolving ball marker
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The Valspar Championship made headlines not just for Malnati's victory after nine years and MacIntyre's caddie's jersey but also for Kevin Streelman's unique ball marker. The American played in Florida with an original ball marker specially crafted for him by Wilson, and on the first day of the tournament, he hardly missed a putt.

Kevin Streelman, marker

What makes Streelman's ball marker unique is its swivel feature, allowing it to be oriented toward the hole to provide alignment for the final shot. Essentially, it consists of two parts: one is completely smooth and serves as the anchor to the ground, while the other has a straight line engraved in the center.

Once assembled, the two parts are "rotatable": the bottom one is anchored on the green, while the top part can be turned toward the hole without the marker shifting a millimeter. Of course, the ball marker must not be driven into the green; otherwise, the top part would remain stuck.

For a caddie and a player, this is no small matter: every green has its own contours of ups and downs. The ability to study the hole before each day of competition and then watch the line from behind the ball is a significant advantage.

"My caddie showed it to me, I think it comes from his club in Arizona," the 45-year-old said after making the cut on Friday. "Before using it in the game, I asked the USGA if it was legal to avoid any penalty strokes." Once he got the green light, the marker went straight into play.

"You study the line of your putt and then extend it until it matches the marker's line," explained the professional. The piece used by Streelman is almost unique or at least not commercially available. By clicking here on Amazon, you can find something very similar.

The shape is completely different, but the underlying principle is the same. This "swivel" ball marker is made of plastic and costs $9.99. Streelman made his debut on the PGA Tour in 2008 after finishing 14th at the 2007 qualifying school.

Since then, he has maintained his status on the Tour every year through 2014. He made an impressive start by tying for the lead after the first round of the U.S. Open in 2008, and in March 2009, he entered the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.

In March 2013, during his 153rd start on Tour, Streelman secured his maiden victory at the Tampa Bay Championship. This breakthrough win marked a significant milestone in his career. He followed up with another triumph in June 2014 at the Travelers Championship, edging out runners-up K.

J. Choi and Sergio García by a single stroke. Streelman's victory at the Travelers Championship was memorable as he set a PGA Tour record by closing out his final round with seven consecutive birdies, showcasing his exceptional skill and composure under pressure.

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