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Monday, June 25, 2018

The Limerick Summary: 2018 Travelers Championship

Winner: Bubba Watson

Around the wider world of golf: Matt Wallace won the BMW International Open on the ET; Nasa Hataoka got her first LPGA win at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA; Kanyalak Preedasuttijit won the Ladies European Thailand Championship on the LET; Ruixin Lui won the Island Resort Championship on the Symetra Tour; Scott McCarron won the American Family Insurance Championship on the Champions Tour; Brady Schnell won the Wichita Open in a playoff on the Web.com Tour; T.T. Crouch won the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open in a playoff on the Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada; Shota Akiyoshi won the Dunlop SRIXON Fukushima Open on the Japan Golf Tour; Minchel Choi won the Kolon Korea Open Golf Championship on the Asian Tour; and Ernie Els's nephew Jovan Rebula won the British Amateur Championship, the first South African to do so since 1966.

Bubba Watson holds his third Travelers trophy

After Paul Casey shot 62 on Saturday for a four-shot lead, most folks thought his second win of the season was a done deal. But big leads are notoriously hard to hold on the final day of an event, and perhaps Paul himself recognized that fact when he told the media before the round that he thought his game was in good enough shape to win once or twice more this season... even if he didn't win Sunday.

It certainly appears that the desire to win got in Casey's way during the final round. The smooth rhythm of Saturday's round was gone, as was the putting stroke that has been working all season. Instead, it was Bubba Watson's cautious attitude going into the round -- saying that it would take something really special to even have a chance Sunday -- that won the day.

Was 63 special enough? I think it was.

Bubba has always felt comfortable at the Travelers. He got his first-ever PGA Tour win there in 2010; he picked up a second one in 2015. His two-under front nine erupted into a five-under back nine as he sprinted to the finish, capped by a skillful downwind shot to two feet at the 18th. The pressure was just too much for Casey, who finished three shots back in a tie for second.

Not only was this Bubba's third win of the season (one of them the WGC-Dell Match Play) but it was also his third Travelers trophy -- a feat topped only by four-time winner Billy Casper. Bubba will debut in my Ruthless Golf World Rankings this week, probably at #4, just ahead of Koepka. (Spieth will fall out this week.)

But in the meantime, Bubba & Company can relax with the trophy and his third Limerick Summary of the season. His THIRD! Is this the year of Bubba? Stay tuned! (Btw, read the date in the first line as 'two-thousand-ten' to get the correct rhythm.)
He won here in 2010;
In ‘15, he did it again.
Two times weren’t enough!
Sunday, Bubba got tough
And crushed Casey to get his third win.
The photo came from this page at golfweek.com.

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