Bubba Watson’s meltdown costs him shot to win Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. — Bubba Watson has gained the Travelers Championship 3 times and cashed almost $5 million in prize cash on the event. He’s had so many memorable issues occur to him at TPC River Highlands he would possibly as nicely personal the place.

Sunday’s remaining spherical, nonetheless, is a reminiscence he’d like to erase.

Watson, who had a share of the 54-hole lead, was in place to win for a fourth time, tying Billy Casper for essentially the most wins on the occasion. He shot 32 on the entrance 9 and made the flip at 13-under par and had a one-shot lead early on the again 9.

Then all hell broke unfastened as Watson performed his remaining 4 holes in 6-over par to end 7-under par and in a shocking tie for nineteenth.

“Gosh, I’ve thrown up on myself earlier than right here,’’ Watson mentioned. “With this wind, we noticed it. The scores didn’t go too low. You see how tough it’s.’’

Watson got here unglued after a bogey on 14 dropped him to 12-under and in a tie for the lead. He then pushed a 3-iron into the water on the quick par-4 fifteenth gap, took a drop, chunked a chip and took bogey to fall to 11-under.

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Bubba Watson shot 6-over par on his remaining 4 holes on the Travelers Championship on Sunday.
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“After the bogey on 14, I attempted to lower a 3-iron to get it to form in there so it’s going to bounce in the direction of the opening or come up simply wanting the inexperienced or possibly get fortunate with the downslope and get it on the inexperienced,’’ Watson mentioned. “I simply got here out of it, pushed it, and I pushed it on a gap the place you may’t push it.’’

Then got here a three-putt bogey on the par-3 sixteenth and a double bogey on 17 and it was over.

“I’m glad that I used to be there, had the chance,’’ Watson mentioned. “I’d love to do it once more subsequent week, throw up on myself once more. It wouldn’t it be nice. I need to the chance and the prospect to win.’’

When Kevin Kisner sank his birdie putt on the 72nd gap to get to 10-under par and tie for the clubhouse lead some 45 minutes earlier than the lead pairing was to tee off, he was requested if he would possibly stick round in case 10-under holds up because the profitable rating or a playoff, Kisner mentioned he was headed to Detroit for the following PGA Tour occasion.

When requested what he would do if confronted with a state of affairs like Bryson DeChambeau, who lately flew dwelling to Texas pondering he’d missed the lower on the Wells Fargo solely to discover out he’d made it and fly again, Kisner smiled and mentioned he’d work it out.

“I’ve bought a fairly good accomplice on the again of my shirt,’’ he mentioned, referring to “Wheels Up,’’ the non-public jet service.

“The leaderboard is so crowded and there are many birdie alternatives on the again,’’ he mentioned.

Kisner was proper, ending in a tie for fifth, his first top-10 end since final November when he misplaced in a playoff on the RSM Classic.

It was a wierd week for Kisner, who parred all 18 holes on Thursday and walked off the course with an unsatisfactory even-par 70 thanks to a mere 42 ft in putts made. On Friday, he shot a 7-under-par 63 and made greater than 100 ft extra in putts than he made the day earlier than.

Then got here Saturday, when he shot a 4-over-par 74 that included a 40 on the again 9. On Sunday, Kisner bettered that Saturday again 9 by 11 pictures within the remaining spherical with a 6-under-par 29 to give him a second 63 this week.

“After capturing 40 on the again 9 [Saturday], I felt like I used to be capturing nothing,’’ Kisner mentioned. “I instructed my caddie on Sunday on the U.S. Open I couldn’t wait to make a birdie, and I got here right here and made 18 straight pars the primary day and wished to beat my head towards the wall.’’

Brooks Koepka, after capturing 65 on Sunday to end at 10-under, was again to his acquainted chorus (which irritates PGA Tour individuals) about how he can’t focus in “common’’ PGA Tour occasions as a lot as he can at majors.

“I’m going to be flat-out sincere,’’ he mentioned. “I can’t focus. A significant, I get excited and I really feel stuff on the primary tee. I simply wrestle to do this in common occasions. The focus and self-discipline is there in a significant the place it’s not right here. … I believe the majors are simpler to win when you’re disciplined. Out right here, I believe there are much more guys which have the chance to win simply the best way it units up.’’

Defending champion Dustin Johnson, whose profitable rating was 19-under par final yr, completed in a tie for twenty fifth at 6-under this week.

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