An eight-hole play-off decided things at the Travelers between Harris English and newbie Kramer Hickok. This tied the record for the second longest playoff in PGA history. Hickok rolled his rock well to get into the play off. These two golfers kept their cool and managed their games to reach the apogee after 72 holes at TPC River Highlands. It was a picturesque setting for golf with old fashioned townhouses lining the course and lush green grass everywhere. English wins Titanic tussle at the Travelers to become a two-time winner this season.
Harris English Winning Another Golf Tournament
Bubba blew it at the Travelers with a sickening meltdown over four of the last six holes in the final round on Sunday. Bubba Watson a winner here twice previously was leading the tournament before things started to go horribly wrong. In such familiar surroundings it is like soiling yourself in the marriage bed. Golf can be the cruellest mistress in these circumstances. Cromwell, Connecticut hosted another exciting championship with a host of great players vying for the trophy. Dustin Johnson the defending champion was here, as was Bryson DeChambeau and both finished around 6 shots back.
Winner Harris English Prevails in Playoff Struggle
Marc Leishman had posted a fine 64 earlier in the day to get to 12 under par. Toward the conclusion of things it looked like he might be in a playoff, before Harris English birdied the 18th with a long putt to get to 13 under. Leishman won here as a first-time winner in 2012. Kramer Hickok, with a name fit for an American sitcom, played impressive golf throughout the tournament. He displayed plenty of moxie over the closing holes to put himself firmly in contention. We might be seeing the emergence of another fine young golfer on the PGA tour. Hickok birdied the last hole to make a playoff with Harris English at 13 under par.
Jason Day gingerly moved around the course, obviously effected by back problems. Day fired two rounds of 70 over the weekend to finish at 9 under. Brookes Koepka shot a 65 to finish at 10 under. Abraham Ancer also fired a 65 to finish at 11 under. There were a bunch of top players only a shot or two away all day, which made this an exciting competitive golf tournament. Perfect weather conditions provided an ideal setting on a championship course for one of the best stops on the tour.
Golf is a game like no other sport, in that competitors have so much time to ponder their positions and play. Thus, when things start to go wrong as in the case of Bubba Watson the sickening feelings can overwhelm you. Suddenly, the body is not doing what it ought to, and swings are going awry. Golf balls are flying in the wrong direction and hazards come into play. However, this championship will be remembered for the Titanic eight-hole playoff, eventually won by Harris English. English wins Titanic struggle at the Travelers.