• Birdies the second play-off hole to deny the Englishman
• "I wish it was a lot easier, but a victory is a victory"
Bubba Watson grabbed his eighth PGA Tour win and his second at the Travelers Championship after overcoming Paul Casey at the second play-off hole at TPC River Highlands.
Starting his final round one shot behind overnight leader Brian Harman, Watson birdied the opening two holes to give him the outright lead before an eagle at the par-5 13th took him to 17-under.
However, a bogey at the 17th put him level with Casey, who shot a round of the day 65, and a play-off ensued with Watson birdieing the 18th at the second attempt to edge out the Englishman.
"I wish it was a lot easier, but a victory is a victory" - Bubba Watson
“It was a great week,” said a delighted Bubba Watson, who opened with an eight-under-par 62 on Thursday. “My body felt good, my mind was calm but coming down the stretch, I didn't execute and make the shots I needed to make.
“Paul made the shots he needed to make. Then in the play-off, I hit a good shot, put some pressure on him and got a victory. It does remind me of 2010 where coming down the stretch I had to hit some good shots and I didn't. I wish it was a lot easier, but a victory is a victory.”
Bubba Watson’s win at the Travelers in 2010 was his maiden PGA Tour title and his victory yesterday lifts him back up to No.3 in the world rankings, a perfect response after missing the cut at the US Open a week previous.
Meanwhile, Casey wasn’t too disheartened by his performance, putting things in perspective and and vowing to go one better at next week’s Greenbrier Classic.
“I'm proud of the way I played,” Casey admitted. “I could’ve played a little bit better but there are always ifs, buts and could haves. The goal this week was to give myself a chance to win and I did that. Now I'm just going to have to go to Greenbrier and try to do the same thing.
“I've won enough around the world to know what winning feels like and I also know what coming in second feels like; I've done that a lot. My little boy is right behind you, 20 yards away sucking his finger, so I look at him, and it kind of makes everything pale in comparison. So I'm disappointed for myself, but I've got a great life and a great family I'm about to go home to.”
There were also four spots for the Open at St Andrews up for grabs at the tournament, with those places going to Brian Harman, Graham DeLaet, Carl Pettersson and Luke Donald.
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