Watson rallies to win in Connecticut — again
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit to win his third Travelers Championship title, shooting a 7-under 63 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory at TPC River Highlands.
Watson became the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season, and pulled within one of Billy Casper’s tournament record of four victories.
Watson finished at 17-under 263. Third-round leader Paul Casey, two-time winner Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B. Holmes tied for second. Casey shot 72, Cink 62, Hossler 66 and Holmes 67.
Watson also came from six back to win the 2010 event for his first tour title, and beat Casey in a playoff in 2015. The left-hander also won at Rivera in Los Angeles in February and the World Golf Championships-Match Play in Texas in March. He earned $1.26 million for his 12th career victory.
Watson shot a 33 on the front nine, but really got it going on the back, with five birdies. He tied Casey at 16 under by getting up-and-down from the bunker for a birdie on the course’s signature 15th hole.
Still tied on the par-4 18th, Watson hit his tee shot 366 yards, then pitched inside 3 feet, giving caddie Ted Scott a big high-five before taking the lead with the putt.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Scott McCarron won the American Family Insurance Championship, closing with an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over hometown player Jerry Kelly.
McCarron birdied Nos. 14-16 and parred the final two for his first victory of the season and seventh in three years on the PGA Tour Champions. He finished at 15-under 201 at University Ridge.
Kelly shot 65, also parring the final two holes.
Fellow Madison player Steve Stricker, the tournament host and first-round leader, had a 65 to tie for third with 2017 champion Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on for her first LPGA Tour title
The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.
Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six LPGA Tour stars, including a playoff loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.
Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.
Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second. Lee and Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.