PGA Tour golfer Kevin Streelman got off to a quick start at the U.S. Open on Thursday. After shooting 1-under 69 in a two-day first round, Streelman said it will come down to who is the toughest.
“You’ve got to be mentally tough,” he said. “It’s the U.S. Open. The toughest guy is going to win.”
Streelman has two PGA Tour wins and 29 Top 10 finishes. Throughout his career as a professional golfer, he has remarked on how his faith and family have guided him.
Here are five fast facts to know about his wife, Courtney and their life together.
1. Courtney Was a Collegiate Swimmer
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Streelman is a Duke graduate where he played alongside fellow PGA Tour member Leif Olson. The two were both on the school’s golf team. While he was there, Streelman was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi frat.
2. Courtney & Kevin Have Two Children Together
Courtney gave birth to their second child, Rhett Davis, on March 22.
Until Rhett’s arrival it was doubtful Streelman would play in the Masters. His wife Courtney’s due date was on the Saturday of Masters week, according to the Daily Herald.
Streelman declared he wouldn’t play in the Masters until Courtney gave birth.
“My family is more important than any silly thing we do on grass,” Streelman said. “I’ll always be there for my wife.”
Courtney gave birth in time for Streelman to compete at Augusta. Coincidentally, Danny Willett was in a similar situation. Both had said they were planning on not playing because of their wives’ impending childbirths.
Fortunately, their wives gave birth to healthy baby boys early enough for Streelman and Willett to play in the Masters. Willett went on to win the championship, Streelman finished in 34th place.
3. Courtney Had a Difficult Pregnancy With Their First Child, Sophia
The couple dealt with a worrisome pregnancy and difficult delivery when their first child, daughter Sophia, who was born three years ago.
Sophia was born on Dec. 26, 2013 by planned C-section at five pounds and one ounce. Courtney had been on bed rest because of a condition called cholestasis, a liver disease that affects one in 1,000 women.
Sophia wasn’t due until Feb. 3, but a blood test showed that Courtney’s blood toxicity level was becoming dangerous to the infant, according to Golf Digest.
“Nothing else could ever compare to holding my daughter,” Streelman told Golf Digest. “That is the ultimate experience. That’s a memory that I will hold onto forever.”
4. They Met in Vegas
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They now live in Scottsdale, Arizona.
5. They Both Have a Strong Christian Faith
Streelman told the Beaufort Gazette he listens to Christian radio stations to “get some good songs in my heart and in my mind,” while driving to the golf course every day. Before teeing off at each hole during tournaments, Streelman says a prayer.
After finishing 42nd at the 2015 Masters, he said his wife gave him space while he was upset.
“Then we came together and prayed together and moved on,” Streelman said.
Streelman often speaks to young golfers as to how they can use the sport as a platform to glorify God, share love and inspire others to do the same.