June 25, 2018

Watson wins third Travelers title; tourney raises $2M

PHOTO | Travelers Championship
PHOTO | Travelers Championship
Watson joins four-time champion Billy Casper as the only two players to win the Travelers Championship more than two times.

Bubba Watson, who clawed back from a six-stroke deficit on Sunday to win his third Travelers Championship title, announced Monday that he will donate $200,000 in winnings to the tournament's nonprofit beneficiaries.

Watson shot a 7-under 63 on Sunday to secure a three-stroke victory, his twelfth on the PGA Tour. The lefty earned the $1.26 million prize after shooting a 17-under 263 during the four-day tournament.

Watson joins four-time champion Billy Casper as the only two players to win the Travelers Championship more than two times.

Paul Casey, J.B. Holmes, Stewart Cink and Beau Hossler shared second place at 14 under, each earning $462,000. The 74 players that made the weekend cut shared the tournament's $7 million purse.

Following his comeback victory, Watson was nostalgic about playing in Connecticut.

"I feel like this is my home course," Watson said. "As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this one because I want to come back here. This means so much, not just from the golf side of it, but from the family side of it. My dad, the only time he got to see me win, he got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup through this event."

The Travelers Championship generated more than $2 million for approximately 130 charities, officials said. The tournament has contributed more than $16 million for over 700 local charities since Travelers became the title sponsor in 2007.

Rain held off for Sunday's final round as fans followed the tournament's impressive player field.

Notable players finishing outside the top 10 included Rory McIlroy and Jason Day (11 under), recent U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (nine under), Zach Johnson (nine under) and last year's winner, Jordan Spieth (four under).

The pre-tournament events were highlighted by a celebrity pro-am on Tuesday, with players including Jim Calhoun, Ray Allen, Chris Berman, George Lopez and Randy Edsall.

Travelers Championship Director Nathan Grube said attendance was slightly higher in 2018 compared to last year based on gate and parking entry and concession and merchandise sales.

Given the difficulties with tracking any-day tickets, Grube said the tournament does not release official attendance estimates.

Next year, fans will again see significant upgrades at the 2019 Travelers Championship, the second-most-attended PGA Tour event on the circuit.

TPC River Highlands will break ground on a new $20 million clubhouse next week, according to a letter sent to members. The 40,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing clubhouse overlooking the first tee box.

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