Tue, Jun 26, 11:41am by Staff Writer
Bubba Watson claimed the lucrative PGA Tour’s Travellers Championship on the weekend, pocketing over $1.2 million in the process.
Watson is firming as the most dangerous player on the tour at present, rallying from six strokes back to win by three strokes and finish 17-under to claim his 12th PGA Tour win.
An incredible approach shot on the 18th hole was indicative of Watson’s form on the day, as he closed the final round with a 63.
It is his third Travellers title, after claiming the crown in 2010 and 2015. He is a big price to win the upcoming Open event, priced at $67.
This Connecticut event is building as one of the most anticipated in golf outside of the four majors, with a number of the tours best players looking at the event as a precursor to the upcoming Open Championship in Scotland.
Australia’s Jason Day had a disappointing event, finishing 11-under but never appearing to be in contention to win the event.
He hit an impressive number of birdies, 22 in total, but bogeyed 11 holes in an inconsistent performance.
Day has had a productive season nonetheless, winning the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January and the Wells Fargo Championship in May. He is $26 to win the Open Championship.
Rory McIlroy will be excited at the prospect of competing in another European major and showed his strike power over the weekend.
He has played the Travellers Championship often, but will be remembered for a squirrel scurrying across the first tee on Saturday, as well as a 43-foot chip for Eagles later in the day. He is second favourite to win the Open at $13 at Sportsbet.
Brooks Koepka is coming off a US Open title just a fortnight ago and found himself in the spotlight at this next event.
He is now in the top four of the World Golf Rankings and finished nine-under over the weekend, a respectable four-day showing after such a monumental victory.
Koepka is $19 to win consecutive majors, tied with Tommy Fleetwood, who finished runner up at Shinnecock Hills.
2017 event champion Jordan Spieth was pedestrian in his performance as he attempting to make it back-to-back wins in Cromwell.
He finished a measly four-under for the event, with just 13 birdies across the 72 holes.
That is a low amount considering how well the majority of the field played this year on the course and resembles a score that would have not looked out of place at Shinnecock Hills.
His focus will now turn to the Open, where he is a $15 shot of winning, equal third with Justin Rose at $15, and behind favourite Dustin Johnson at $11.
The Open Championship Odds – Sportsbet
Dustin Johnson $11
Rory McIlroy $13
Jordan Spieth $15
Justin Rose $15
Tommy Fleetwood $19
Brooks Koepka $19
Jason Day $26
Tiger Woods $26
Bubba Watson $67
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