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. Jim Furyk Shoots Historic 58.

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Jim Furyk shoots an amazing historic 58 at TPC River Lands.

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Jim  set a PGA TOUR low round record carding a 58 in the final round of the Travelers Championship, he said making history was a phenomenal event, dreams do come true;

“There’s a lot of rounds by a lot of great players ahead of me that have never reached 58, so to hold that record alone right now, on the PGA TOUR at least, is phenomenal.”

 “To have a little, small place in history is something you dream of.”

“I’m still a little stunned and a little flabbergasted.”

“In this game you catch a little tip here, a little tip there, and you make a few good swings, and that momentum can switch pretty quickly.”

“It doesn’t ever feel like it, but when it happens, it’s a lot of fun.”

For the statisticians Jim  hit all 18 greens in regulation and had a putt for birdie on every hole, except for the par four third. He didn’t need one there because he holed out for an eagle with a wedge from 135 yards.

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. Bubba Buoyant at the Top

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Bubba Watson is buoyant at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard at TPC Harding Park, letting his putter do the talking.

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Bubba carded a bogey free second round -3 under par 67 to keep himself afloat at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard, maintaining his two shot advantage over the field. He said a red-hot putter was working well on these perfect greens. He was drug tested after the round Friday, and joked that he hoped he passed it;

“It’s just my mind right now, over the putts, I’m thinking well,  these greens are perfect. These greens are running so smoothly.

“Some of the holes were playing a little bit longer because of the wind.”

“The wind was in a different direction, so it just made the course a little bit tougher.”

“I hope I passed it, it’s usually when you’re at the top of the leaderboard they want to drug test you, especially me.”

Three players are tied in second place at -9 under par, Brian Stuard, Brian Harmon and Carl Pettersson.

Brian Harmon was happy to keep Bubba in sight, he also shot a -5 under par 67 today;

“That was kind of a nice momentum-keeper going into the weekend.”

Low round of the day went to Nick Watney, he signed for a -6 under par 64, which took him into a T8  position on the leaderboard at -7 under par, in a huge group of players.

Strangest news of the tournament concerns Keegan Bradley, who has updated his Saint Vitus Dance pre-shot routine to a new absurd level. On Friday he took almost a full minute before addressing the ball with his approach shot at the par four 14th hole. There were 19 mini-practice swings, up-and-back, club-twirling dance steps before hitting his shot, in this latest rendition of his twitchy routine. Like it or not Keegan is in the group at -7 under par, so unfortunately for those of us who have to watch that routine, it does seem to work for him.

Among those missing the cut, which was made at -2 under par, was Ernie Els,  defending champion Kevin StreelmanPadraig HarringtonHunter Mahan and Louis Oosthuizen.

The Claret Jug was on display at the Travelers Championship on Friday, this was a reminder to players that four spots and as many as nine in that tournament are up for grabs this week. The leading five players, who are not already exempt from the top 20 in the FedExCup will be part of the field at St. Andrews next month contesting The Open.

Jason Gore has never played at The Open, in all the years that he has been a professional;

“I’ve been in professional golf for 18 years now and I’ve never been to Europe.”

“So that just blows my mind. It blows a lot of people’s mind. Playing at St. Andrews would be a lot of fun, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

He has a chance to qualify this week, currently T5 at -8 under par.