BUBBA WATSON WINS THE ZURICH CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS IN A SUDDEN DEATH PLAYOFF
HARTFORD, Conn., May 1, 2011 – Bubba Watson won his third career PGA TOUR victory at TPC Louisiana today in a sudden death playoff over Webb Simpson. Watson shot a final round 69 and birdied the second playoff hole to earn his second victory in 2011.
The 32-year-old Watson started the day tied for the lead and finished at 15-under, shooting a total 273 to secure the win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Watson had three birdies, one eagle and one double bogey during his final round. He led the field in total driving distance at 331.4 yards and was the only player to record three eagles for the week.
Watson won the 2010 Travelers Championship, was a member of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team and finished eighth in the 2010 FedExCup regular season standings. He is continuing his success into 2011 with two victories and a fourth place finish at the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship.
Watson earned $1.152 million and 500 FedExCup points with the victory. His win jumped him from 10th place to sole possession of first place overall in the current 2011 FedExCup standings.
The Travelers Championship is one of Connecticut’s premier annual sporting events and is the PGA TOUR’s only early summer stop in the Northeast, which will be played June 20 – 26, 2011, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Watson will look to defend his title against a top field that includes Anthony Kim, Padraig Harrington, Hunter Mahan, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson, John Daly and more.
About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship will be held June 20 – 26, 2011, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. As the only PGA TOUR event in the Northeast in early summer, the Travelers Championship is one of the region’s premier sporting events. The tournament proudly supports the PGA TOUR Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charities including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, serving children facing serious illness; the Greater Hartford Jaycees, a leadership development and community service organization; and more than 130 other nonprofit organizations throughout New England. The event is sponsored by Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto and business. Travelers has been doing business in the community for nearly a century and a half, and today has more than 6,000 employees in the Greater Hartford area. The Official Property Casualty Insurer of the PGA TOUR, Travelers has been a sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952, becoming title sponsor in 2007. Complete details are available on www.TravelersChampionship.com.