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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Travelers Championship - Wrap Up

Ken Duke waited 44 years for his first PGA TOUR title, and it came at the Travelers Championship in a playoff over Chris Stroud. Duke likely thought he had sealed the deal with a par on the 72nd hole, but Stroud chipped in for birdie from over 50 feet away to force sudden death.

Here are some thoughts from the final round:

  • Duke and Stroud both played really well. Duke won for the first time on the PGA TOUR and Stroud established a new career-best.
  • I was having a conversation with a colleague during the final round of the tournament and we got off on the topic of golfers we didn't like. For me, the list is incredibly small. It may have gotten a little bit longer after watching Bubba Watson's antics on the 16th and 17th holes. I'm sorry Bubba, but you're a professional golfer. You've played TPC River Highlands plenty of times. Nobody wants to hear you blame your caddy when you come up 10 to 15 yards short of your intended target on a par 3 and splashed it in the water. You agreed to the club. You hit the shot. You didn't execute. Be a big boy about it and stop acting like an 8-year-old. 
  • On that note, Bubba seemed ticked at his caddy on his tee shot on 16, his second shot into 16 and his approach on 17. Did he ever stop to think maybe, and I know this is a long shot, his caddy didn't screw up three yardages in a row. Maybe he can't factor in his own adrenaline. I didn't see Ken Duke blaming anyone when he shanked his tee shot on 18 in regulation. He got over it and saved par.
  • Graham DeLaet is really good.
  • The opening round saw Charley Hoffman, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan all shoot 63 or better. Over the remaining three rounds they were collectively 2-over. Raise your hand if you saw that coming?

One final thing:

For those of you who have been with me from the beginning, you know that the early days of this blog focused on more than just the PGA TOUR. We also dove into some of the smaller tours. I want to publicly congratulation my friend, Matt Hendrix, on his first NGA Tour win today in North Carolina. With the win, he earned an exemption into the Utah Championship on the Web.com Tour in July. 

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