An eight-under-par closing round of 62 by Australia’s Marc Leishman gave him a one-stroke victory over Charley Hoffman and Bubba Watson at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.
Leishman began the round six strokes behind leaders Brian Davis and John Rollins, but he played a wonderful last round that featured eight birdies and no bogeys to post an impressive clubhouse total of 14-under-par.
For much of the play on Sunday it looked as though Leishman’s effort wouldn’t be quite enough. Charley Hoffman reached 16-under-par and was two shots clear when he stood on the 17th tee. But he lost his tee shot right into the water hazard and made a double bogey. He then bogeyed the last to finish one behind the Australian.
Overnight leaders Davis and Thatcher both struggled to level par rounds of 70 on a day when others were making multiple birdies. Thatcher started poorly and, despite an eagle at the 13th, was unable to match Leishman’s winning total. Davis just couldn’t get it going on Sunday and, when both men finished on 12-under-par, the title was Leishman’s.
“I didn’t think it was going to be enough,” he said. “Golf is a funny game, a really funny game. “It had been close for a while actually. I just get a little bit streaky with the putter, and I haven’t been lately.”
Hoffman was left to consider an opportunity missed.
“Obviously a bad finish and a bad taste in my mouth, but you learn from it,” he said. “Any time you put yourself in contention, you learn from that.”
Bubba Watson made a run at the title but ran out of steam on the back nine to finish just one back, tied for second with Hoffman.
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
21-24 Jun, purse $6,000,000, par 70
1 Marc Leishman (Aus) 68 66 70 62 266 $1,080,000
T2 Charley Hoffman (USA) 67 67 67 66 267 $528,000
T2 Bubba Watson (USA) 66 71 65 65 267 $528,000
T4 Tim Clark (RSA) 66 69 66 67 268 $236,250
T4 Brian Davis (Eng) 67 67 64 70 268 $236,250
T4 John Rollins (USA) 68 67 65 68 268 $236,250
T4 Roland Thatcher (USA) 66 67 65 70 268 $236,250
T8 Brendon de Jonge (RSA) 72 65 66 66 269 $174,000
T8 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 65 66 70 68 269 $174,000
T8 Matt Kuchar (USA) 67 68 66 68 269 $174,000
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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