Monday, June 29, 2015

Bubba Watson  beats Paul Casey in play-off

Bubba Watson claimed his second Travelers Championship title on the US PGA Tour after edging past Paul Casey on the second extra play-off hole.
The world No 5 let a three-shot lead slip on the back nine to finish tied with Casey on 16-under, but was able to birdie the 18th at the third visit to take victory at TPC River Highlands .
Watson opened his final round 67 with back-to-back birdies and extended his advantage by nailing a 40-foot eagle putt at the 13th, but saw his lead disappear with a blemish at 17 as Casey posted three birdies in four holes.
With the Englishman already in the clubhouse after finishing five-under, Watson completed the last in regulation to send both players back to the 18th tee.
Paul Casey: TPC River Highlands
Paul Casey
The pair both made pars on the first extra hole, the Englishman made a mess of the second extra hole with a wayward tee shot and then sending his chip from the bunker over the green, taking the pressure off Watson. 
"Casey played great," Watson said. "I hung on and that's what we have to do sometimes to win."
Overnight leader Brian Harman lost ground with back-to-back bogeys at the ninth and tenth, but ended one off the pace after holing a 30-foot putt at the last for a second successive birdie.
Third place secures Harman qualification to next month’s Open Championship, with Graham DeLaet, Carl Pettersson and Luke Donald also booking their entry to St Andrews with strong performances.
DeLaet had a chance to move in to a three-way tie for the lead with a gain at the last, but left his third shot from the fringe 15 feet short and two-putted for bogey.  
Sweden's Carl Pettersson struck five birdies in a final-round 66 to finish three shots back, with Zach Johnson a further stroke adrift after closing his week with a 69.



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