Berger on Sunday fade: 'It just wasn't my day today'


The Travelers Championship saw a player win his second title of the season - but unfortunately for Daniel Berger, he wasn't at the center of the post-round festivities.

Berger won earlier this year at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and began the final round with a three-shot lead. But after shooting a sizzling 62 in the third round, Berger stumbled to a closing 74 that left him three shots behind eventual winner Russell Knox.

"It just wasn't my day today," Berger told reporters after the round. "Sometimes you get it done, sometimes you don't, but you just learn from it and move on."

Berger made the turn in 1-over 36 at TPC River Highlands before his round began to crumble, as he made four straight bogeys on Nos. 10-13. On a course where Jim Furyk shot a record 58 only hours earlier, Berger didn't make his first birdie of the day until the 14th hole.

"I hit too many bad shots, and the golf course played so different today than it did yesterday," Berger said. "It's a game of inches, and I feel like I just didn't have the inches on my side today."

Berger entered the week at No. 18 in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, and he had hopes of making a big move with his second career win. Instead, the reigning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year settled for a four-way tie for fifth - a result that brings with it a $231,825 payday but won't help him make much progress toward Hazeltine.

"I need to hit more fairways down the stretch," he said. "I didn't hit enough fairways, and that cost me in the end."