BUBBA WATSON CAME FROM SIX SHOTS BACK TO EARN HIS FIRST CAREER PGA TOUR VICTORY
CROMWELL, Conn., June 27, 2010 – Trailing by six strokes going into the final round of the 2010 Travelers Championship, Bubba Watson shot a 66 and defeated Scott Verplank on the second playoff hole to earn his first career PGA TOUR victory at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.
“At the beginning of the day, I was six back,” Watson said. “I shot four-under. There’s no way that wins. You know, to be realistic, we didn’t think that was going to have a chance to win. If somebody would have told me that at the beginning of the day if I shot four-under, I would’ve thought I would come in top-five or something…For me getting in the playoff after shooting four-under was just unreal,” Watson added. “And then to actually somehow make that par putt to win was unreal.”
The win marked the largest comeback on the TOUR since Padraig Harrington came from six back to win the 2007 British Open. Watson, 31, finished with a final score of 266, and with the 500 points gained from the victory, moves into 8th place in the FedExCup standings.
Watson entered the playoff with Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank. Both Watson and Verplank birdied the first playoff hole, while Pavin’s par eliminated him from contention. On the second playoff hole, Verplank made bogey from behind the 16th green, while Watson made a routine two-putt par to secure the victory.
This was Watson’s fourth appearance at the Travelers Championship, with his previous best coming in 2008 with a tie for sixth. Also, the sudden death playoff was the tournament’s 20th overall and first since Hunter Mahan edged Jay Williamson in 2007.
Watson became the third first-time PGA TOUR winner at the Travelers Championship in the last 10 years, joining J.J. Henry in 2006 and Hunter Mahan in 2007. The 2011 Travelers Championship will take place June 20-26, 2011 at TPC River Highlands. For more information, please visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.