Cromwell, Connecticut – “Horses for courses” is often used when referring to players like Nicklaus, Hogan, Snead and Woods. It’s now clear that Bubba Watson is another example of a player who just feels at home and plays well on certain course designs (with 66% of his wins coming at Riviera, Augusta National, and TPC River Highlands). Bubba Watson once again proved it by coming from six shots behind – shooting his second 63 of the week to blitz the faltering 54 hole leader Paul Casey and the rest of the field to finish at 17 under par win the 2018 Travelers Championship by three shots for the third time in his career.
After opening with an even par 70, Watson shot 63 to get into the weekend, but it was his third round 67 that put him in position, but only as a long shot with leader Paul Casey on cruise control after a Saturday 62. By the 16th, on Sunday Watson had pulled even with the struggling Englishman. Facing a tricky 77 yard approach at the last, Watson stuffed it 3 feet. As Bubba poured in the birdie, Casey continued to botch the closing stretch. By the time Casey blocked his tee shot into the hazard on the par 4 – 17th, it was over. Watson had pulled off the unlikely comeback, and with it his 12th career PGA Tour victory at the 2018 Travelers.
After apologizing to caddie Ted Scott for his lackluster attitude during the first three rounds, Watson reflected Sunday evening after the triumph, “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.”
Paul Casey who entered the day with a four shot lead over Russell Henley, finished in a tie for second with Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B Holmes after a final round two-over par 72. “I didn’t get it done today,” Casey confessed. credit to his play. I would have loved to have won outright or at least have another go at him in a playoff would have been nice, but not to be.”
Watson is the first player this season to notch three wins on the PGA Tour and moved up to third in the Fedex Cup Standings.