The Associated Press
Jun. 29, 2015
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson made an 8-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to outlast Paul Casey and win the Travelers Championship for the second time.
Casey overcome a three-stroke deficit with five to play, tying Watson at 16-under 264.
But Casey lost his chance at the title while playing the par-4 18th for the third time, when his third shot from a greenside bunker flew over the green and landed on the cart path.
Watson, meanwhile, hit his 160-yard approach just to the right of the hole.
Watson had a chance to win in regulation, but bogeyed the 17th, while Casey closed with three birdies on the final five holes, sandwiched around a bogey on 15.
Watson finished with a 67 at TPC River Highlands, and Casey shot 65.
Watson also won a playoff in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November at the start of the season. The two-time Masters champion won the Travelers in 2010 for his first PGA Tour title.
Brian Harman was third at 15 under after a 69.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year.
Maggert shot a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes. Maggert made six birdies and one bogey to finish at 10-under 270.
The 51-year-old American won his first senior major last month in Alabama in the Regions Tradition. His only other Champions Tour victory came in Mississippi last year in his debut on the 50-and-over circuit. He three wins in more than 20 years on the PGA Tour, the last in the 2006 St. Jude Classic.
Montgomerie closed with a 66. Grant Waite and Bernhard Langer tied for third at 7 under. Waite had a 67, and Langer, who shared the lead with Maggert after three rounds, shot a 68.
The victory moves Maggert into an elite class on the Champions Tour. Maggert (two), Montgomerie (three) and Langer (three) have combined to win the last eight majors.
Tom Watson missed his chance to carve his place as the oldest winner of a senior major at age 65. He started one off the lead but was never a factor, shooting a 69 to tie for seventh at 5 under.
NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Na Yeon Choi eagled the par-4 16th hole from the fairway to take the lead and won the NW Arkansas Championship by two strokes for her ninth LPGA Tour title.
Choi closed with a 2-under 69 to finish at 15-under 198 at Pinnacle Country Club.
Choi's 8-iron from 142 yards on the 16th one-hopped into the hole to give her a one-shot lead over Stacy Lewis, the defending champion and local favorite. The South Korean player followed with another 8-iron to a foot on the par-3 17th and closed with a par.
Choi also won the season-opening Coates Golf Championship in Florida.
Mika Miyazato finished second at 13 under after a 67. Lewis bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 68 that left her tied for third with Azahara Munoz (66) and Anna Nordqvist (70) at 12 under.
Second-ranked Lydia Ko had a 63 to tie for sixth at 11 under.
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
MUNICH (AP) — Spain's Pablo Larrazabal won the BMW International Open for the second time, closing with a bogey-free 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory.
Larrazabal finished at 17-under 271 at Munich Eichenried. He also won the event in 2011.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson finished second. He shot a 65.
AIR CAPITAL CLASSIC
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Rob Oppenheim won the Air Capital Classic for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Andy Winings.
The 35-year-old Oppenheim finished at 13-under 267 at Crestview Country Club. Making his 129th tour start, Oppenheim earned $108,000 to jump from 70th to 13th on the money list with $146,227.
Winings bogeyed the final hole for a 71.
ISLAND RESORT CHAMPIONSHIP
HARRIS, Mich. (AP) — Sweden's Dani Holmqvist won the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass for her first Symetra Tour title.
The former University of California player closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Canada's Samantha Richdale. Holmqvist finished at 10-under 206 and earned $18,750 to jump from 38th to 13th on the money list with $27,272. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards.
Richdale birdied the final hole for a 68. Canada's Brooke Henderson was third at 8 under after a 67.