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By : BGA Proshop
Bubba Watson was 6 shots behind when he started his round on Sunday. He ended up winning his third Travelers Championship by 3 shooting with a closing 7 under 63 on his final round.
After the round Watson admitted that he didn’t like his attitude the first 3 days. He was disappointed with his opening round of even par 70, feeling that his mental mistakes gave up too many shots on the TPC River Highlands course that had treated so well in the past.
"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. My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win (in 2010). He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event. So all these things just mean so much to my family.''
Not even a second round of 63, a score that allowed him to make the cut, was enough to cheer Watson up. “Even that day, I was upset,” he said.
So after his round on Saturday which he shot a 67, he sent his caddie Ted Scott a message to say that he was sorry and that he needed to be better.
Scott sent a message back saying not to worry and that he had been playing great and needed to keep his head down and push forward. “Let’s just have fun out there tomorrow and see what happens.” Scott told Watson in the message.
On Sunday, Watson turned with a front nine 33 but really got it going on the back nine to run away with the tournament. He tied Paul Casey, who was the overnight leader but finished runner up in the end, on the 15th hole. As Watson was playing ahead of Casey he was still tied on his 18th hole when he smashed his drive 366 yards, then pitched it to 3 feet for a tap in birdie. He gave his caddie Scott a massive five high and took the lead from Casey.
"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.''
This was Watson’s 12 PGA Tour career win and it was his third win this year. He won Rivera in February, after that was the World Golf Championship Match Play in March and now the Travelers Championship.