Bubba Watson wins Travellers Championship in sudden death playoff

CROMWELL, Connecticut: American Bubba Watson beat Englishman Paul Casey on the second playoff hole to win the PGA Tour’s Travellers Championship on Sunday.

Casey shot a final round five-under-par 65 to join Watson, who finished with a 67, for a 16-under-par total of 264. Both managed par on the first playoff hole.

He may not have been in the play-off had he taken the advice of a member of the gallery. On the second hole, Watson hooked his tee shot into the heavy rough. His 90-metre approach shot to the second hole was seemingly blocked by a tree and a spectator offered the advice of hitting a low four-iron under the tree and bump it up to the green.

Watson took the opposite approach. He pulled out his sand wedge and blasted the ball over the tree to about a metre from the hole. He then sought out the member of the public and joked: “That’s why you’re on that side of the ropes.”

He went on to birdie the hole.

The best placed Australian was Steven Bowditch who shot 66, his best round of the week, to finish in 15th spot. His nine-under-par total of 271 was seven shots behind Casey and Watson.

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith finished three shots behind Bowditch for a tie for 39th, after shooting final rounds of 69 and 68 respectively.

After being eight-under par through three rounds, Aaron Baddeley saw his challenge evaporate with a final round three-over-par 73 to finish tied for 48th.