Bubba Watson earned his 12th career PGA Tour victory yesterday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. "It feels like my second home," Watson stated in an interview afterwards. How could it not for Bubba, who has now won the Traveler's Championship three times (2010, 2015, & 2018).
Watson ended the championship with a winning score of 17-under as he came back from a six stroke deficit from Paul Casey to start the final round. After his Saturday round, Watson said he would need to shoot a 60 to catch Casey, but all he needed apparently was a 63.
Last night Bubba estimated that he would need to shoot a 60 to catch Casey. Apparently not.— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) June 24, 2018
After having a sensational Saturday, Casey continued his lingering narrative of not being able to close out tournaments. Casey, who was once ranked the #3 golfer in the world, didn't have the clutch gene yesterday as he is now 1 for 4 in tournaments after holding a 54-hole lead. Earlier this season, he ended his nine year win-less drought at the Valspar.
With the victory, Watson became the first player on Tour to earn their third win of the season (Genesis Open, Dell Match Play, & the Traveler's Championship). What Watson doesn't like to attribute his success to is the fact he changed his ball back to Titleist after an odd short stint using colored Volvik balls. His game, as a result, suffered immensely and the golf artist's game wasn't painting the picture that fans were used to seeing.
I'd say he made the right decision to go back to Titleist since he got his distance and spin control back to where he feels it needs to be. As a guy that plays a little unconventionally in terms of the methodology behind his approach, Watson even said he see's "curves instead of straight lines," when envisioning his shots.
Watson seems to be in his comfort zone, and is now hoping to receive that call from Furyk for a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. After a third win this season, I wouldn't be surprised if he receives it sooner than later.
Sunday 63. pic.twitter.com/rc9kHNP2To— Skratch (@Skratch) June 24, 2018