Travelers Championship. Jordan With Wire to Wire Win, Via Play-Off.

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Jordan Spieth completed his wire to wire win at the Travelers Championship, albeit via a Play-Off against Daniel Berger, at TPC  River Highlands.

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Jordan, even par 70 today and Daniel, -3 under 67, were tied for the Travelers Championship title after the final round at -12 under par. Jordan then  chipped in from the fairway bunker for a birdie on the first play-off hole, the par four 18th;

“I went nuts, that was fun.”

“I guess if you call something enough times, every once in a while, one of them goes in.”

“At least I think this one had good speed going in.”

“I’ve always taken some crap from my peers about the John Deere one potentially going off the green or into the water or whatever.”

“This is probably my luckiest win, for sure, with all the breaks I got today.”

“I’m surprised twelve under won, especially after the first couple of holes. I was rolling and thought we’d get to sixteen, which was the goal.”

Daniel could only stand and watch as Jordan pulled off some magic;

“I played great today.”

 “I played the playoff hole great. He hit an unbelievable fairway bunker shot.”

“And Jordan does Jordan things, so there’s not really much you can say.”

“I’m obviously disappointed, but happy to be in the position I was in today. I knew I could do it.”

“I knew I needed to hit a bunch of good shots and I did. But you can’t do anything about that. It’s incredible.”

Daniel also tweeted;

“Hopefully the next time @JordanSpieth does that I’m on his team and I can chest bump him too !!”

Charlie Hoffman, -4 under 66 today, and Danny Lee, from New Zealand, -3 under 67, tied for third place at -10 under par.

Rory McIlroy played a little better today, -6 under 66, except for his putter. The defending FedExCup champion is aware of whats coming;

“Short game can definitely get a little better, and obviously, putting, which is a combination of taking my opportunities when I put myself in a good position for birdie.”

“Obviously got a World Golf Championship, two majors and FedExCup Playoffs to think about.”

“So, a lot of important stuff still coming up. I feel my game’s in good shape to try and contend again.”

Sharing 5th place at -9 under par were Patrick Reed, Paul Casey, and Boo Weekley.

 

 

Travelers Championship. Jordan Eyes Wire 2 Wire Win

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Jordan Spieth eyes a wire 2 wire win at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

Spieth leading Travelers, chasing TOUR title No. 10

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Jordan topped the Travelers Championship leaderboard for the third straight day, returning a third round score of -4 under par 66, to post -12 under par for the tournament.

Jordan capped off a decent round with a lengthy birdie putt, from out of the shadows on the 18th, to claim top spot on his own;

“It’s in the shadow, I’m looking to hit the putt at the right speed.”

“If it goes in, great, if it doesn’t, so be it, tap it in.”

“With a few feet to go it was going to have a chance and it curled right in the middle.”

“That was a loud roar, and those are really fun to experience.”

Boo Weekley holds second place at -11 under par, shooting -5 under 65 today. he found some magic of his own, he  birdied five of the last eight holes. Boo will be paired with Jordan tomorrow in the final round, and said the only thing they have in common is fishing;

“He loves to fish, so we’ve got a little in common there, so we can talk about that.”

In third position on his own at -9 under par is Daniel Berger, he carded -4 under 66 today.

Rory McIlroy is way back, at even par for the tournament, with his putting woes continuing, even though he used a different putter today.

Travelers Championship. Jordan Still In Control at Half-Way.

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Jordan Spieth is still in control of the Travelers Championship at the half-way point at  TPC River Highlands.Spieth holds lead at Travelers

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Jordan carded a second round -1 under par 69, but it kept him on top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard with a -8 under par total.

It was not a great day for Jordan, but some great par saving putts helped him out, one  from 35 ft at the third hole and another from 8 ft on 12;

“By comparing it to the way I’ve struck the ball the past four or five months, it was an off day, but it was still solid.”

 “I wouldn’t say I played my B-game. I’ve been playing pretty solid golf.”

“It’s just, hitting more greens. The ones I missed, I didn’t really need to miss. I was trying to do too much.”

“That’s kind of what gets me in trouble on a course like this.”

“Being very patient on the weekend is key. I always mention that, that’s always the word. I try to tell myself that, and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Troy Merritt, -2 under 68 today and Patrick Reed, -4 under 66, share second place, one shot back at -7 under par.

Rory McIlroy went into reverse today, signing for +3 over par 73, only making the cut on the number. Seems his driving is OK, longest in the field, one at 393 yards, which was a good 40 yards clear of everyone else. He went on to make par from there, which shows the weakness, solid driving but no scoring to back it up.

Travelers Championship. Jordan Speith Shines,

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Jordan Spieth shines at the Travelers Championship by topping the leaderboard after round one at  TPC River Highlands.

Spieth shines in Travelers debut

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Jordan made birdie at the last to post -7 under par  63 and top the Travelers Championship leaderboard by one stroke.

A 15 ft birdie putt at the first hole set Jordan on his way, feeling good about his putter;

“That one going in on the first was big for me, and then I made one on the fourth that was a putt that required a lot of precision, kind of a right-edge putt.”

“If you get it started outside it misses, inside it could break off, and I thought when that one went in is when I really started to feel good with the putter.”

Johnson Wagner and Brett Stegmaier share second place, one shot back at -6 under par after their opening rounds of 64.

Johnson played his first PGA Tour event here, and likes this course, he even shaved his mustache to come here;

“I think I missed maybe seven of eight cuts with it, so something had to change.”

“This was really the first PGA TOUR event I ever came to.”

“Man, it’s been a while since I’ve been in the red like this.”

“It feels really good.”

“I know how quickly things can turn around.”

Brett is from nearby Madison, Connecticut,

“Came in with really low expectations today, I think that certainly helps play a good round, stress-free.”

“It feels great, it’s been a rough year, obviously. Just nice to take another step in the right direction.”

“It’s been coming together the last couple months even though the results haven’t really shown it. To shoot a really low round is a big confidence boost.”

Rory McIlroy was disappointed with his -3 under 67, needing 30 putts today, leaving him T 19, maybe a White Dragon Putter would suit him better;

“I feel like I could have been at least three or four better.”

“I think I hit five or six putts out there that hit the hole and didn’t go in.”

Just about staying patient. I know the game’s there. Feeling good. My tee-to-green game is right where it needs to be.”

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.

Furyk shoots historic 58

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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.”