Bubba wins the Players Championship in a play-off at TPC River Highlands, beating Paul Casey on the second extra hole.
Bubba beat Paul in the play-off at the second extra hole at the Players Championship after they had both carded -16 under par for the tournament. Bubba with a final round -3 under par 67, and Paul -5 under 65.
Bubba recalled winning here in a play-off in 2010;
“I proved to myself in ’10 that I could win under pressure in the playoff; I proved to myself that I could mess up 17 and still have a chance to win, and so I knew that if I just kept my head down and kept doing what I needed to do, I could still have a chance to win, and that’s what I did.”
Paul spoke about being in the bunker off the tee in the second extra hole, and trying too hard;
“Right in between clubs, 7-iron would have never made it, and I’m trying to take maybe 10 yards off the 6-iron, which is a lot to take off a 6-iron, and I just made a poor swing.”
“I could have maybe busted a 7-iron to get back there, but it was just awkward. Maybe I should have hit it longer off the tee.”
“I’ve won enough around the world to know what winning feels like, I also know what coming in second feels like. I’ve done that a lot.”
“My little boy is right behind you, 20 yards away sucking his finger, so I look at him, and it kind of makes everything pale in comparison.”
Brian Harman was in third place at -15 under par, one shot off the play-off, a last round -1 under par 69 not helping his cause. Graham DeLaet was fourth at -14 under par, he too had problems with the fairway bunker on 18, in regulation play;
“Yeah, I was just exactly in between clubs.”
“It would have had to be a perfect 6-iron, but it felt like 5 was a little too much, and 5 kind of brought in the lip, and I just barely clipped the lip. I actually hit a decent shot.”
“It was close to being really good, but it was also close to being really bad. So where it ended up, I guess I’d take it.”
Grabbing places at St Andrews in The Open were; Luke Donald, Brian Harman, Graham DeLaet and Carl Pettersson.
Luke, who has qualified for every The Open championship since 2002, except one that he missed, in 2008 with an injury, is delighted to have qualified again this year;.
“Obviously I thought about it the last couple of holes.”
“I knew I was in a good position. I was trying to make one more birdie really to be honest. Thirteen under, I thought that would definitely secure one of those top four spots.”
He also tweeted;