Two-time masters Champion Bubba Watson beat England’s Paul Casey in a play-off yesterday to claim the Travelers Championship in a field that was absent from several big-names.
Bubba’s victory sealed his eighth win on the PGA tour, as he hung on to hold off Paul Casey, 37. Afterwards he was complimentary of his English opponent, saying, “I hung on and that’s what we have to do sometimes to win”. It took a birdie on the second play-off hole to finish the final round; meaning Bubba Watson finished on 16-under par, with Casey just a shot behind.
The win came from Bubba Watson after a disappointing US Open campaign. The 36 year-old missed the cut after carding a 77 in the second round. Watson has historically not done well in the tournament, his best finish being T32, which came in 2007. He will also look to improve on his relatively poor track record in the British Open in just over two weeks, where his best finish was in 2007, finishing T23.
The field of players at the Travelers Championship, star-spangled though it was, lacked several key players, including one Jordan Spieth. The 21 year-old has won the first two majors this year, and looks to add the Claret Jug to his resume in just over two weeks, starting on 16th July. Also absent were Dustin Johnson, who narrowly missed out on a US Open playoff after 3-putting the 18th at Chambers Bay.
The absence of these players may be understandable, but nobody has more reason for the need to recuperate than Australia’s Jason Day, who suffered with Vertigo during the Friday of the US open. Despite this, he carried on the tournament, managing to shoot a 2-under 68. He then posted a 4-over 74 on Sunday, leaving him tied for 9th position at level par for the tournament.
Author Eoghan Aston
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