Cromwell - Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson rolled in a birdie putt on
the second hole of a sudden death playoff to beat Paul Casey and capture the
PGA Tour's Travelers Championship on Sunday.
Watson, who led after the first two rounds, stuck his approach shot on the
final hole to within seven feet, while Casey found the bunker on his first two
shots then blasted a sand shot over the green to all but eliminate himself from
"Casey played great. I watched him make birdie on 17 from 16 green, and
you know, I hung on and that's what we've got to do sometimes to win,"
The 36-year-old Watson closed with a three-under 67 to become the fourth
player this year to earn two tournament victories. Casey posted a five-under
The left-handed American finished at 16-under 264 in a tie with England's
Casey, who made a late charge by making birdie on three of his final five holes
of regulation to get into the playoff.
Both players parred the first sudden death hole, sending them back to the
18th tee for the third straight time in the round played under a light drizzle.
Watson's drive landed in the middle of the fairway and then he hit a
brilliant approach shot onto the green.
He eventually made the seven-foot birdie putt, but the final hole was more
about what Casey didn't do right.
His tee shot landed in the sand on the right side of the fairway and then
the second shot found the bunker again just off the green.
His next sand shot sailed completely across the green and into a pack of
fans who were standing on a cement cart path.
Casey chipped onto the green but by that time it was too late, especially
with Watson having three putts to win.
"The round was great, it really was," Casey said. "I thought
it was probably a tall order for a chance at winning.
"Actually thought those guys right behind us would probably stretch it
out and keep making birdies.
"I feel fortunate to have a chance. I just couldn't get in the fairway
on 18. I struggled on 18 today for some reason, but all in all it's been a
Third-round leader Brian Harman of the US, birdied the final two holes for a
one-under 69. He ended alone in third at minus-15. Canada's Graham DeLaet also
closed with a 69 to end in fourth at 14-under-par 266.
Carl Pettersson, of Sweden, posted a four-under 66 to grab fifth at
minus-13, while Zach Johnson (69) was one back at 12-under 268.
Leading scores after Sunday's final round of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship (USA unless noted, par 70, x-won in playoff):
264 - Paul Casey (ENG) 67-68-64-65, x-Bubba Watson 62-67-68-67
265 - Brian Harman 66-65-65-69
266 - Graham DeLaet (CAN) 67-66-64-69
267 - Carl Pettersson (SWE) 65-66-70-66
268 - Zach Johnson 65-70-64-69
269 - Luke Donald (ENG) 68-68-67-66, Mark Wilson 66-68-67-68, Bo Van Pelt 70-68-65-66
- Jason Gore 64-68-69-69, Ken Duke 69-68-67-66, Brandt Snedeker
68-68-63-71, Chris Stroud 65-67-68-70, Jon Curran 67-67-67-69
Steven Bowditch (AUS) 68-68-69-66, Martin Laird (SCO) 70-67-67-67,
Nicholas Thompson 66-67-70-68, Mark D. Anderson 67-71-65-68, Brendon