Ken Duke won the Travelers Championship in a play-off duel with Chris Stroud at TPC River Highlands.
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Ken had a last round of -4 under par 66, for his tournament total of -12 under par. That score was equalled by Chris Stroud, who had a last round of -3 under par for his total of -12 under par.
Ken has played in 187 PGA Tour events without a win, but he never gave up hope, and was rewarded today for his diligence, recording a birdie on the second play-off hole to claim victory. He admitted it has been a long journey;
” Yeah, it’s been a long time, I’ve been on the Canadian Tour, the mini tours, Asian Tour, South American Tour, all of them, Web.com, and it’s just great to be a part of this big family on the PGA TOUR. You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do. That’s why those guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It’s kind of one of those things once you finally do it, it might come easier the next time. That’s kind of the way I feel.”
Chris spoke about the difficulty of working out the club required for the correct yardage;
” I had three shots from 94 yards on 18, the exact same yardage, and I could not figure out a way to stop that ball. “Regulation, luckily, I chipped it in.”
In Third place was Graham DeLaet, one shot adrift at -11 under par.
Graham pledged to donate $1000 for every birdie he made to the relief fund for the people of Alberta, where widespread flooding is blamed for at least three deaths and forced thousands to evacuate. PGA TOUR Canada, a Bank and a Canadian businessman all agreed to match the donation. Graham finished with three birdies on Sunday and nine in total for the weekend;
” Hopefully it puts a small dent in what they need, but our hearts are still with them.”
Bubba Watson blew his chances away with a triple bogey six on the par three 16th hole. A very costly error, as he was leading at the time, he spoke about the shot afterwards;
“The wind affected the first shot, and the wind didn’t affect the next shot. I flew it 3 feet past the hole, which you can’t do right now because the greens are so firm.”
Bubba finished alone in fourth spot at -10 under par, how he missed those three dropped shots on sixteen.