Bubba Watson shot a final-round 63 to come back from six shots back of third-round leader Paul Casey and win the 2018 Travelers Championship. Watson's hot round coincided with Paul Casey cooling off on Sunday after a 3rd-round 62 gave him a 4-shot lead heading into the final round. The win is Watson's third of 2018 and moves him to 13th in the world rankings. Just a year ago, Watson was playing colored Volvik golf balls and missed his fourth cut in his last six events at the Travelers. Full scores
Close but no cigar...
Finishing 3 shots back of Watson was the quartet of Casey, Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B. "human rain delay" Holmes. Casey stalled out of the gates and faded down the stretch to a two-over 72. Cink surged up the leaderboard and put the golf world on 59 early in the morning but settled for a 62. Beau Hossler had a strong final-round 66 to notch his second runner-up in his first full season on the PGA Tour. Holmes was the key contributor to slow play Sunday, but of course received no penalty for his egregiously slow play.
A predictive formula
It wasn't the greatest weekend for Bryson DeChambeau, but the young American star notched another top 10 finish. DeChambeau now has seven top 10 finishes, including a win in the 2017-2018 season. DeChambeau has moved to 8th in the Ryder Cup standings, a position that would give the 24-year-old an automatic bid to the games in Paris.
Drive for gold, putt for trophies...
Rory McIlroy put on an exhibition from tee to green, leading the field in strokes gained tee to green by nearly 3 shots. The problem came on the greens where he finished dead last in strokes gained: putting, missing 17 times from inside 10 feet. It's the second straight year McIlroy's putter struggles have reared their heads at TPC River Highlands. This year, Rory lost 5.5 shots on the greens en route to his t12th finish, six shots back of Watson. In 2017, Rory finished the week losing 3.7 shots to the field on TPC River Highlands greens and six shots out of the lead.
A golfing phenomena
The Korean Open was the story of the golf world this weekend thanks to Hosung Choi. The 44-year-old Korean fisherman turned golf pro and his obscure swing made for must-see TV. Here’s more on Choi and why the PGA Tour sponsors should be giving him exemptions.
Bang for your buck: Michigan Edition
The great state of Michigan is one of the best when it comes to public golf. Along with the big name resorts, Forest Dunes Golf Club and Arcadia Bluffs, it boasts some of the most interesting and affordable options throughout the state. Here are some of the best you can find for under $100.
Matt Wallace earned his second European Tour title, topping Martin Kaymer, Thorbjørn Olesen and Mikko Korhonen by one shot to win the BMW International. The 28-year-old Englishman moves to the 66th ranked player in the world one year after playing on the Challenge Tour. Wallace has played his way into consideration for a Ryder Cup spot, ranking 12th on the points list.
McCarron won the American Family Insurance Championship. Full scores
Ernie Els’ nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the British Amateur, earning a spot in this year’s Open Championship, next year’s Masters and U.S. Open.
Brady Schnell won the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic.