Travelers Championship. Russell Knox Wins.

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Russell Knox, from Scotland, wins the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

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Russell shot a final round -2 under par 68 to win the Travelers Championship with a total score of -14 under par. This is Russell’s second win of the season.

Russell needed to make a 12ft putt on the last to avoid a playoff;

“I felt like the Incredible Hulk when it went in, I could have ripped my shirt off.”

“Everybody dreams of making a putt on the last hole to win a tournament.”

“I just kept telling myself, this is your chance to make a putt to have a great celebration and hear the roars. I’m glad it went in.”

One shot off the pace and claiming second place on his own at -13 under par is Jerry Kelly. Jerry carded a last round -6 under par 64, and was watching a monitor in the scorers room a Russell successfully made par from the front bunker on 18 to hold on to the title.

Jerry was really appreciative of the fans support;

“The love that they showed me this week, that’s about the best of any year.”

 “But, this is about the best I’ve played of any year too.”

Tied in third place were Patrick Rodgers -2 under par 68 today and Justin Thomas, who must have thought he would claim the lowest round of the day with his last round -8 under par 62. Both of these players finished the tournament with -12 under par totals.

Of course the low round of the day went to Jim Furyk, with his amazing record breaking -12 under par 58. Jim finished T5 in a large group at -11 under par.

Jim told reporters the round was really special

“No one else can say they’ve done that out here on the PGA Tour.”

 “It’s really special.”

Leader by three shots at the start of the last round Daniel Berger, had a nightmare day +4 over par 74. He joined Jim in the tie for fifth place at -11 under par, what would he have given for Jim’s round today.

 

Travelers Championship. Berger Blossoms at the Top.

 

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Daniel Berger blossoms at the top of the Travelers Championship with a beautiful 62 at TPC River Highlands.

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Daniel carded a beautiful -8 under par 62 in the third round of the Travelers Championship and at -15 under par has a three shot cushion starting the final round tomorrow, thanks mainly to a good putting performance;

“I’ll tell you, it’ll be a lot easier stepping up on the tee box having a PGA TOUR win under my belt than if I didn’t.”

 “You know, it’s all about hitting good shots under pressure, and I’ve been doing that so far this week.”

“If I can continue to do that, then I’m sure I’ll be right there on Sunday.”

“I think I made a ton of putts, and that’s been a big key for me.”

 “I’ve been putting really good the last couple months or so, and even before I won, I mean, I was looking back.”

“I mean, I was in third or fourth, fifth place through two rounds, three or four tournaments in a row, and didn’t really play that great on the weekend, and then obviously in Memphis I played really well, and I played really well today again.”

Three players are tied in second place, those three shots back at -12 under for the tournament, Russell Knox, -6 under 64 today, Tyrone Van Aswegen -5 under 65, and Russell Henley, also with -5 under 65 today.

Russell Knox, who needed only 7 putts in his first six holes, says it will all come down to the last nine holes tomorrow;

“I mean, the last nine holes, anything can happen.”

“I love being here, and if it’s soft, it’s going to take a really low score to win this thing tomorrow.”

“Someone is going to shoot a really good score, and I hope it’s me.”

“I always tell myself, don’t be scared to play well, you’ve got to go for it.”

 

Travelers Championship. Four Way Tie After Second Round.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard after the second round at TPC River Highlands.

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Daniel Berger, -3 under par 67 today, Russell Henley -5 under 65,  Marc Leishman  -2 under 68 and Tyrone Van Aswegen -4 under 66 all share the lead at -7 under par.

Daniel wants to make the Ryder Cup team, and is seeking his second win of the season and rolling in a few putts certainly helped;

“In terms of the Ryder Cup, I’m just doing everything I can to earn a spot on my own, but obviously I would never turn down a pick.”

“I don’t know who would. But yeah, I’m just playing the best I can, and whatever happens; happens.”

“I just hit some good shots, I haven’t missed many greens this week and rolled in a few putts, but obviously going to have to play a little better on the weekend to have a good chance.”

“I was not expecting the wind to blow like it did.”

“I came out here early in the morning and hit some putts and it was dead calm and it kind of picked up from nowhere, but I feel like I handled it pretty well.”

Marc was happy with his round today, especially driving off the tee, but would like to roll in more putts;

“I’m Happy with the day. I didn’t play quite as well, but conditions were a little tougher late in the day with the greens and a little bit of breeze up. It was challenging, but I’m happy with the day.”

“I Drove the ball pretty well again. Irons weren’t quite as good as what they were yesterday, and got a couple of lucky breaks that I capitalised on.

“Hopefully keep driving the ball as I am. It would be nice to get a few iron shots a little bit closer and roll those putts in.”

“That’s obviously the most important thing. I wasn’t able to roll too many in today, but I still shot 2-under.”

Saturday’s forecast of afternoon thunderstorms led to tournament officials scheduling third-round tee times from 7 to 9 a.m. off Nos. 1 and 10, with golfers remaining in threesomes.

Travelers Championship. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players tied at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard after the first round at TPC River Highlands.

Vaughn Taylor, Andrew Loupe and Jerry Kelly share top spot at -6 under par.

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Jerry, Andrew and Vaughn all carded -6 under par 64 to share the top spot on the Travelers Championship leaderboard.

Vaughn said he played well but the putts would not drop;

“I played good early, just couldn’t get the putts to go. Just didn’t hit it quite close enough really.”

“I was playing well and just needed something to kind of get me going.”

“That was a nice little run and I needed that.”

“I’ve had to work on my swing a little bit. And putting and chipping. A little bit of everything.”

” That’s golf. Just when you think you got it, you kind of got reassess. It’s good this week. Played well last week. Hopefully keep moving.”

Jerry does not suffer the same crowd reaction as the likes of Bubba Watson;

“I’m not that man who has people constantly yelling wherever I go.”

 “I kind of take those good vibes and run with it. It’s fun.”

“Canada was the first week that I really played with this swing, I really feel comfortable with what I’m doing right now. “

“Every once in a while you get a golfer who says, Oh, if I had a time machine. If I could go back.”

“I feel like I just learned how to swing the golf club. I’ve said that a whole bunch of times during my career.”

“I would like this one to last a little bit longer. Being a feel player, all those feels tend to wear out with me.”

“I feel like I’m mechanically much better than I ever have been. I’m hitting much better shots than I ever have, and I don’t feel like I am as much of a timing striker.”

Jon is relishing the invites he is getting to tournaments, and also spoke about the good experience ha gained from the Canadian Open;

“It’s obviously great to be able to get unlimited invites.”

 “It’s unfortunate that it’s so late in the year and there are only three tournaments left.”

“Overall, pretty balanced day. I will say five under is, I mean, even if it was big difference between the nines, a pretty balanced score.”

“I was leading after two days, and on the weekend I did everything a little bit faster.”

 “I started walking fast, my routine was faster, my swing was faster.”

“That’s probably why I couldn’t hit the driver the way I did the first two days at Congressional. So that’s something I learned that day and I put in play in Canada.”

Ben Martin, Marc Leishman and Jon Rahm share fourth place at -5 under par.

Travelers Championship. Brian Harman Ahead of Bubba.

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Brian Harman is ahead of Bubba Watson as they go into the final round of the Travelers Championship, at TPC River Highlands.

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Brian shot a bogey free third round, in the rain, -5 under par 65, to top the leaderboard on the third day of the Travelers Championship with a -14 under par tournament total.

He will take a one shot lead into the final round tomorrow, where he will be paired once again with that other lefty, Bubba, who preceded him as a standout left-hander for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Brian is looking forward to having some fun once again with his rival, and friend, Bubba;

“Bubba’s a lot of fun to play golf with.”

“He was a little before me at Georgia, so I always looked up to him, was always really proud of the way he was doing and we were always rooting for him at Georgia.”

“I’ve never played particularly well in the rain, but I try to look at today and we got a break.”

“The weather was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.”

Bubba shares second place at -13 under par with Graham DeLaet; Bubba got lucky, to shoot -2 under par today while Graham cruised round the course in -6 under par 64.

Bubba mentioned Brian after their round today, and also the lucky bounce off a tree;

“He’s a solid player, it sounds funny saying this, but he’s like a little bulldog.”

“It hit the tree and everybody roared, I had to ask the camera guy, and he said it was in the bunker.”

Graham had back surgery for a pinched nerve in 2011, a problem that he says still bothers him;

“The last couple months I’ve been moving really well and feeling a lot better.”

“My golf game is coming around too, which is nice.”

Lurking behind the top three is a group of three players on -11 under par, Paul Casey, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.

Brandt had been having some problems with his putting, which was frustrating, but today he carded a -7 under par 63;

“Funny, people gave me a hard time about my putting last year and it was bad, as bad as it’s ever been on Tour”

“But the thing is, I was hitting it the best I’ve ever hit it on Tour. So it was frustrating to say the least.”

“The putter’s been consistent all year.”

There is a storm moving into to Connecticut, and officials said Sunday’s final round will be played in threesomes, going off the 1st and 10th tees beginning at 11:30 a.m. So Bubba and Brian will be joined in the last grouping by Graham DeLaet.

 

 

 

Travelers Championship. Duke Wins In Play-Off Duel

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.

Travelers Championship. Brilliant Bubba Means Business

Brilliant Bubba Watson shot a second round at  the Travelers Championship of -3 under par 67, to take control of the top of the leaderboard at TPC River Highlands on -10 under par.

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Bubba said he likes the course and that he always plays well here;

“I love this place, I always play well here. The tee shots set up well for me, I like the way they look. There’s about two tee shots on the whole course that are really tough for me. Other than that, the course sets up well for me. It’s funny, last year if I don’t hit the hook shot and I don’t win, I don’t have a win all year, even though it was my best year on TOUR. I’m looking to be more consistent. I had a lot more top 25’s over the last few years, a lot less cuts.”

Tied in second place at -8 under par are, Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington, both players have had two rounds of -4 under par 66. The  windy conditions kept many of those who began their rounds in the afternoon from equaling the scores of their early rising opponents, but Padraig was one of those who did manage it;

” It did get windy out there, it was a challenge but there were still opportunities to make birdies. I didn’t hit it perfect in any shape or form on the first two days, so I’m not exactly brimming with confidence.”

There are four players occupying fourth spot at -7 under par, they are; Tag Ridings, Nick O’Hern, Tommy Gainey and Hunter Mahan, who is recovering from his massive effort at Merion in the U.S. Open.

U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose admitted to feeling tired, he made bogey on River Highlands’ two easiest holes, Nos. 2 and 15;

“I haven’t hit the ball quite as solidly as I would have liked to. I just think I need to maybe go and take care of my body a little bit, some stretching, some physio, maybe a workout, just work out a few kinks. I feel a little bit stiff and tight in the back and the hips.”

It is still a neatly compact leaderboard, but if Bubba makes a move on Saturday he could start the final round with a comfortable lead.