Bubba Watson shot a final-round 67 and made birdie on the second extra hole Sunday to defeat Paul Casey in a playoff and win his second Travelers Championship. Here's how things shook out on a soggy day at TPC River Highlands:
What it means: This is Watson's eighth career victory and second win at the Travelers, where he picked up his first PGA Tour title in 2010. One back to start the day, Watson opened with back-to-back birdies, made 10 straight pars, and then gave himself some breathing room with an eagle at the par-5 13th. Unfortunately, two poor drives down the stretch and his only bogey of the day, at the par-4 17th, left him at 16 under and in a tie with Casey. After halving the first extra hole with a par, Bubba flagged his approach on the second playoff hole and watched as Casey imploded before finally sinking the putt. Watson, who came out on top in another playoff at the HSBC Champions last fall, is one of four players to win multiple events on Tour this season, joining Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jimmy Walker. He is now also part of an impressive list of multi-time winners at the former Greater Hartford Open, joining Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer, Peter Jacobsen, Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink and Phil Mickelson.
Best of the rest: Casey turned in 3 under thanks to an eagle on the par-4 third and a birdie at the par-3 eighth. He looked as if he had cost himself the tournament with a bogey on 15, but circles on three of his last five holes and an up-and-down from the front bunker on 18 earned him a 5-under 65, the low round of the day, and got him into the clubhouse at 16 under. Another up-and-down on the first playoff hole extended the tournament, but Casey wouldn’t be so lucky on his third attempt at a par save from the sand on 18, blading his third shot on the second extra hole well over the green and up a hill. He would go on to chip back down, run his putt well past the hole and allow Bubba to end the proceedings.
Biggest disappointment: Harman started the day with a one-shot lead but got off to a slow start, with eight straight pars and a bogey on No. 9 to turn in 1 over. He remained there through 16 holes before closing birdie-birdie to post 1-under 69 and finish 15 under, one shot out of the playoff.
Shot of the day: Call it a tie between Bubba's fan-taunting wedge to 4 feet on No. 2 or his 208-yard iron over water from the fairway bunker on No. 13 that set up his 40-foot eagle putt.
Quote of the day: “I hung on, and that’s what you have to do sometimes to win.” - Watson