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Jun 24th, 2018

Bubba Watson claims victory at the Travelers Championship

As Paul Casey's challenge fades

Bubba Watson shot a final round of 63 to win the Travelers Championship by three shots, as Paul Casey’s challenge faded. 

Bubba carded eight birdies and a single bogey to finish ahead of four players, including overnight leader Paul Casey.

Casey started the day with a four-shot lead and an opening birdie took him further ahead of the field. But three bogeys saw him finish in a share of second with Americans Stewart Cink, JB Holmes and Beau Hossler.

Bubba had quite the day of it, with an incredible shot from behind 10th green. "I holed it from a place you can't get up-and-down from." 

He also confirmed that he “Didn't look at scoreboard until very late in the round. That's why I fist-bumped on 15 because I realized I had a shot to win.” He went on to make a birdie.

On being told by a reporter from the Golf Channel that this victory gets him into the Ryder Cup, he commented: "Good. I'm glad. I'm waiting for a text from Jim Furyk. Jim, where you at?"

The only time his dad ever saw him win was in 2010 at Travelers. For that reason and others, including the golf course, the fans, and the way the tournament takes care of the families, he loves coming to Cromwell, Connecticut. "I think I'm the first one to sign up for this event every year,” he said.

Casey said he woke up with a stiff neck, just from sleeping rather than an injury, and he was stiff on the range.

"I fought my golf swing all day. I pulled an 8-iron on 16 and flared it right on 17, that sums it up."

"It's just a frustrating that I didn't have a swing at all."

"Even so called "easy" golf courses like this aren't easy if you don't have your swing."

"I definitely wanted to make that putt on 18 and scrape up something."

Asked if looked at scoreboards during the round, he said: "I had no choice they are these big electronic things!"

"I'm probably more fired up to get another victory even more so than after Tampa. This is going to be fuel in the tank." Casey also confirmed that he has 12 more tournaments on his schedule.




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TAGS: Bubba Watson, Travelers Championship, Players, Tournaments, Paul Casey, News, 2018