Watson nabs third Travelers title

The Associated Press
Pat Eaton-Robb

CROMWELL, Conn.–Bubba Watson says TPC River Highlands feels like home.
It certainly was a comfortable place again this week.
Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit yesterday to win his third Travelers Championship title, shooting a seven-under 63 for a three-stroke victory.
The left-hander became the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and pulled within one of Billy Casper’s tournament record of four victories.
He finished at 17-under 263.
Third-round leader Paul Casey (72), Stewart Cink (62), Beau Hossler (66), and J.B. Holmes (67) all tied for second at 14-under.
Watson also came from six back to win the 2010 event for his first tour title and then beat Casey in a playoff in 2015.
“I feel like this is my home course,” Watson said. “As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this.
“I want to come back here.
“This means so much, not only from the golf side of it but from the family side,” Watson added.
“My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win [in 2010],” he noted. “He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event.
“So all these things just mean so much to my family.”
During the victory ceremony, Watson children–six-year-old son Caleb and three-year-old daughter Dakota–received small trophies of their own.
Watson shot a 33 on the front nine but really got it going on the back with five birdies.
He tied Casey at 16-under par by getting up and down from the bunker for a birdie on the course’s signature 15th hole.
Still tied on the par-four 18th, Watson hit his tee shot 366 yards, then pitched inside three feet, giving caddie Ted Scott a big high-five before taking the lead with the putt.
“Hitting some of those shots, especially the shot on 18, downwind, it was very difficult but somehow pulling it off,” Watson said.
“And that’s what we all try to do on Sundays is pull off the amazing shot.”
Adam Hadwin (66) of Abbotsford, B.C. and Mackenzie Hughes (70) of Dundas, Ont. tied for 42nd.
Casey, who shot 65, 67, and 62 to lead the field by four shots coming into yesterday, birdied his opening hole.
But he gave that back on the fifth, then had back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 to end any chance he had of catching Watson.
The Englishman has finished in the top 20 in eight of his last nine tournaments.
He was second here during his first visit in 2015, came in 17th a year later, and had a fifth-place finish in Cromwell a year ago.
“There was a lot of fight in there,” Casey said. “But I fought my golf swing all day as you can see coming down the last couple of holes.”
Watson earned $1.26 million and a 500 FexEx Cup points–moving him into third place in the standings.