Watson wins playoff to take second Travelers title

Sun Jun 28, 2015 8:54pm EDT
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Bubba Watson won his second Travelers Championship the same way as the first, at the second extra hole.

Watson beat Englishman Paul Casey in a playoff on Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut.

In notching his eighth victory on the PGA Tour, left-hander Watson matched Canadian Mike Weir for second on the all-time southpaw list. Only Phil Mickelson has more left-handed wins, at 42.

“My goal always has been to get to 10 career wins,” said Watson, who has won five of six playoffs.

“In this day and age with all the talent in the world, double digits is a pretty good number.”

He beat Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank in the 2010 playoff for his first career win.

“In 2010, I proved to myself that I could win and I could win in a playoff,” Watson, 36, said.

The two-time Masters champion began the final round a shot behind 54-hole leader Brian Harman. Watson, however, started with back-to-back birdies to grab the lead and extended it with an eagle at the par-five 13th.

But Casey, playing in a group ahead, had the best round of the day going. He holed out from 126 yards to eagle the par-four third en route to a five-under 65. Casey and Watson (67) finished at 16-under 264.   Continued...

Jun 28, 2015; Cromwell, CT, USA; Bubba Watson hold up the Travelers Championship trophy after defeating Paul Casey in two sudden death holes in the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports