Monday, June 25, 2018

Bubba Watson wins by three at Travelers Championship

2018 Travelers Championship
(The 34th of 44 events in the US PGA TOUR Season)
Cromwell, Connecticut.                    June 21-24, 2018               FedExCup Points: 500 to the winner
TPC River Highlands                        
Par/Yardage: 35-35—70/6,841                                        Purse: $7,000,000 ($1,260,000)
                                 Final-Round Notes – Sunday, June 24, 2018
Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 81. Wind SW 8-15 mph.
Final-Round Leaderboard
Bubba Watson    70-63-67-63—263 (-17)
Stewart Cink        68-68-68-62—266 (-14)
Beau Hossler       65-67-68-66—266 (-14)
Paul Casey            65-67-62-72—266 (-14)
J.B. Holmes          66-68-65-67—266 (-14)
Eight Tournament Takeaways
  • Paul Casey had claimed seven runner-up finishes before the 2018 Travelers Championship, most recently at the 2016 BMW Championship.
  • Russell Henley played 62 holes without a bogey (from No. 5 in round one through No. 12 in round four).
    Kevin Tway’s T6 finish marked his third top-10 in his last five starts (T9/AT&T Byron Nelson, T5/Fort Worth Invitational).
  • Defending champion Jordan Spieth posted scores of 63-73-71-69—276 (-4) to finish T42. Only tournament champion to successfully defend his title was Phil Mickelson (2001-02).
  • Brooks Koepka posted rounds of 68-69-69-65 to finish at 9-under 271 (T19).
  • In his second start at the Travelers Championship (T17/2017), World No. 7 Rory McIlroy finished 11-under 269 (T12).
Bubba Watson (-17/1st)
Age: 39 (November 5, 1978)
Joined TOUR: 2006
  • Claims his third Travelers Championship title (2010, 2015, 2018) and 12th on the PGA TOUR in his 288th TOUR start at the age of 39 years, 7 months, 19 days.
  • Third win at the Travelers Championship (in 12 starts) is one shy of Billy Casper for the most Travelers Championship wins (1963, 1965, 1968, 1973).
  • Becomes the 2017-18 PGA TOUR Season’s first three-time winner (Genesis Open, World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play) and moves to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings.
  • In a total of 44 rounds at TPC River Highlands, has recorded four scores of 63 or better and 25 rounds of 67 or better.
  • Began the final round six strokes behind Paul Casey’s 16-under lead. En route to 2010 Travelers Championship win, was also six strokes back after 54 holes. Won in sudden death over Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank.
  • The largest number of strokes an eventual Travelers Championship winner trailed by beginning the final round of the Travelers Championship remains seven (Brad Faxon/2005).
  • Has now come from behind in the final round to win seven times (11 stroke-play victories).
  • 2018 Travelers Championship marks the 14th occasion (of 33) on which a player has come from behind to win in the final round on TOUR this season.
  • Since 2000, only six 54-hole leaders/co-leaders have managed to win the Travelers Championship: Jordan Spieth (2017), Freddie Jacobson (2011), Stewart Cink (2008), J.J. Henry (2006), Peter Jacobsen (2003) and Phil Mickelson (2001).
  • 2017-18 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 15-13-5-3
  • PGA TOUR career starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 288-210-61-12
Watson’s stats for the week:
R1 – 5 of 14 fairways, 12 of 18 greens in regulation, 3/6 scrambling, 30 putts.
R2 – 9 of 14 fairways, 16 of 18 greens in regulation, 1/2 scrambling, 28 putts.
R3 – 6 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation, 1/3 scrambling, 30 putts.
R4 – 9 of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation, 4/5 scrambling, 24 putts.
  • Led by four strokes at 16-under 194 after 54 holes, before a 2-over 72 resulted in a T2 with Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B. Holmes.
  • The loss of a four-stroke lead after 54 holes is the largest on the PGA TOUR since Dustin Johnson was not able to convert a six-stroke lead after three rounds at the 2017 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.
  • Claims his third top-five finish in his previous three starts at TPC River Highlands (T2/2018, T5/2017 and 2nd/2015).
  • Has now claimed eight runner-up finishes on the US PGA TOUR.
  • Claims his fifth top-10 finish of the season, and 53rd of his TOUR career.  
  • Would have been the first Englishman to win the Travelers Championship.
J.B. Holmes (-14/T2)
  • Posted a 3-under 67 to finish in a tie for second, his fifth runner-up finish on the PGA TOUR.
  • In six Travelers Championship appearances, T2 finish supplants previous-best finish T37 in 2012.
  • Was in search of his fifth TOUR win and most recent since the 2015 Houston Open.
Stewart Cink (-14/T2)
  • 1997 and 2008 Travelers Championship winner birdied six of his first nine holes, and 10 total in the final round, en route to a career-low tying 8-under 62 (2016 The RSM Classic/R1/T10).
  • T2 finish marks his best finish since winning the 2009 Open Championship.
  • Six-time PGA TOUR winner was in search of his first title since the 2009 Open Championship.
  • Needed just 22 putts Sunday to complete his round, seven fewer than any other round.
  • Was making his 559th career start on the PGA TOUR. Only five other current players have more TOUR starts.

Bogey-free rounds
R1: Beau Hossler (65), Matt Jones (65), Padraig Harrington (66), Danny Lee (67), Ryan Moore (68)  
R2: Dominic Bozzelli (64), Russell Henley (65), Zach Johnson (68), Denny McCarthy (68), Keith Mitchell (68)
R3: Paul Casey (62), Jamie Lovemark (64), Patrick Cantlay (65), Emiliano Grillo (66), Russell Henley (67), Chase Seiffert (67)
R4: Sam Ryder (64), Adam Hadwin (66)



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