Bubba Watson shoots 63 to win Travelers Championship
Bubba Watson shoots 63 to win his third Travelers Championship title with three-strokes over Paul Casey, the overnight leader, Beau Hossler, J.B. Holmes, and Stewart Cink and took home $1,260,000 off the total prize fund of $7,000,000 at TPC River Highlands.
Watson started his round six-strokes back from Casey for a T-6 on the board and posted his second 63 of the week to zoom past the Englishman to win his third Travelers title. It’s also his third win of the PGA TOUR season, the most of any player as he climbs to third in the FedExCup standings.
Watson shot 63 on Friday which helped him make the cut, and for a surprise, he was not happy with it too, “Even that day, I was upset,” he said.
So on Saturday night after his third-round 67 that wasn’t nearly as productive as he hoped, he sent caddie Ted Scott a voice text – “I can’t spell, so I voice text,” Watson said – to apologize. Bubba said his attitude needed to be better.
Scott texted back and told Watson not to worry, to just keep his head down and move forward. “You’re playing great,” Scott told him. “Let’s just have fun out there tomorrow and see what happens.”
Bubba previously won the Travelers championship in 2010 and 2015.
Surprisingly enough, even in 2015, Paul Casey was the runner-up, where he lost in a playoff against Bubba Watson, and Watson took home $1,152,000 from the prize fund of $6,400,000.
Things have drastically changed for Watson (in a good way) since he ended his ball (Nov. 2017) contract with Volvik, where he was using pink balls on the Tour. Watson now has 12 PGA TOUR titles, even after not having a coach ever and people not believing on his abilities, the man has done it, once again.
“Our joke as a team is I’ve changed more than anybody in the world from when I got on TOUR to now,” Watson said. “You know, it’s just growing up. We’re going to make mistakes. I’m going to three-putt, I’m going to duff chips. I’m going to do a lot of things on the golf course bad and off the golf course bad and I’m going to have to apologize. Like I said earlier, I’m the fastest to apologize.
“I’ve got two kids now. They’re watching me. They’re going to see. They’re going to find out YouTube at some point. They’re going to see old videos and hear things. … It’s a learning curve for me, but it’s also helping me. It’s helping me grow. I’ve been able to grow as a person and as a man.”
Lahiri misses his chance
Anirban Lahiri was just five-strokes away from Paul Casey after the third round at Travelers and was looking strong to finish somewhere near the second spot (at least). Lahiri shot 69 after his previous three rounds of 67,67, and 65 to finish at T-9 with Chase Seiffert and Bryson DeChambeau at 12-under-268.
He surely has bettered his previous record of T-17 finish at the 2017 Travelers Championship after making $189,000, but he is looking to better his all-time PGA Tour record of T-2 finish at 2017 the Memorial Tournament. He now stands 95 on the FedEx Cup rankings and 112 on the OWGR.
The defending champion Spieth T-42
Jordan Spieth won the 2017 Travelers Championship in style, after defeating Daniel Berger in a playoff, but this time he struggled from Friday onwards, he co-led the opening round, making a statement, but was surely devasted with his rounds of 73 and 71 on Friday and Saturday.
Spieth made $1,224,000 in 2017 compared to $24,500 he received for his T-42 finish here on Sunday.