Fedrik Jacobson Wins The Travelers Championship
It came down to the final hole but in the end Fredrik Jacobson held on to win the Travelers Championship. Jacobson’s tournament total 20-under par was good enough to hold off Sunday charges by John Rollins, Michael Thompson, and Ryan Moore who made bogey on the 72nd hole to finish at 19-under.
A wild Travelers Championship that featured rain delays, a round of 60, and an amateur holding the lead, Jacobson nearly stole the show by going bogey free the entire event. It wasn’t until the 10th hole on Sunday that Jacobs made bogey. He played 63 consecutive holes this week without a blemish on his scorecard.
The bogey looked like it might be enough for Ryan Moore steal a win or force a playoff but despite shooting a 7-under 63, Moore made a bogey on the final hole to drop one shot back. Jacobson didn't let the bogey on ten stop him from becoming a PGA TOUR Champion. He made two birdies and six pars on the final eight holes to win by one. The win is the first on the PGA TOUR for Jacobson to go along with three international victories.
Travelers Championship Notables
Nineteen year old Amateur Patrick Cantlay was the story through two rounds this week. As the top amateur at the U.S. Open, Cantlay was invited to play in the Travelers and took full advantage. A secon round of 60 gave Cantlay the lead heading into the weekend but a third round of 2-over took the college sophomore from contention. His solid play this week earned him another sponsors exemption at the next PGA TOUR stop, the AT&T National in at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Sqaure, Pennsylvania.
Defending champion Bubba Watson struggled this weekend. Watson, who has two wins in 2011, came in as one of the favorites. Up and down rounds on Thursday and Friday kept him in the middle of the pack. He finished the tournament at 9-under par, tied for 38th. On of the biggest surprises this week, and this season, was Anthony Kim. Kim missed the cut and continues to struggle in 2011. He has missed the cut in 7 of 18 events this year and has only one top 10. Kim missed part of last season with a finger injury.
The PGA TOUR heads to its temporary home in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania for the AT&T National. Justin Rose will look to defend his title before the event returns to Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.