Georgia Golf Legend Bubba Watson Wins Travelers Championship


Georgia golf great Bubba Watson pulled the Travelers Championship from the brink Sunday with an extra hole playoff win.

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Former Georgia golfer Georgia Bubba Watson nailed an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Paul Casey and for the second time win the Travelers Championship.

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Casey came back from a 3-stroke deficit during the final five holes to tie Watson with 16-under 264. Casey had a chance at the title on the par-4 18th, but his third shot flew over the green and landed on the cart path. Watson hit his 160-yard approach just to the right of the hole.

Watson had his own chance to win in regulation, but bogeyed the 17th. Casey closed with three birdies on the final five holes.

Watson also won a playoff in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November at the start of the season. He won the Travelers in 2010 for his first of eight PGA Tour titles.

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“I hung on, and that’s what you have to do sometimes to win,” reported Watson’s comments. “It’s just about staying calm. That’s what you have to do, you just breathe and walk slower, take some deep breaths and focus on the fact that no matter what you still come in second place. I wish it was a lot easier, but a victory is a victory. My whole goal in my career was to get 10 wins. I need two more.”

This was the sixth time since 2004 the tournament has been decided in a playoff.

Former Dawgs littered the leader board. Brian Harman was third at 15-under, Brendon Todd was 15th at 9-under and Harris English was 25th at 7-under. Lee McCoy, Hudson Swafford and Erik Compton missed the cut.

The finish assured Harman of a spot in the British Open.

“I’ve been thinking about that tournament for a long time and really trying to look at a way to get in there,” reported Harman’s comment. “This one burns a little bit, but that definitely helps the sting.”

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