Does Bubba Watson like Augusta National or TPC River Highlands better?
Hey, it’s a far question after Watson, who has won The Masters twice, captured his third Travelers Championship with a blistering finish. Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday by shooting 7-under 63 for a three-stroke victory. The left-hander is the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.
Said Watson after his victory, “Earlier this year I had won in L.A. for my third win in Los Angeles. Now I just need one more in Augusta and that would be great. I like this jacket, don’t get me wrong. I’ve got a few of them. There are certain places that we’ve built our schedule, everybody builds their schedule around places they’ve seen, loved, the atmosphere, all of that comes into play. Around here there are a lot of driver holes where I can hit some drivers and shape it. There are a lot of guys starting to come here.”
He added, “Jordan (Spieth) came last year when he won and he said, `Bubba, anywhere you play good that’s where I want to play, because I think I can play where you can play.` I don’t know if that was a dig or what, but he backed it up with a win. It’s one of those things where it just fits our eye. You can see the fairway. You can see the shape of the holes and the greens are always in great shape, so it’s fun.”
Watson finished at 17-under 263. Third-round leader Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B. Holmes tied for second. Casey shot 72, Cink 62, Hossler 66 and Holmes 67.
Watson shot a 33 on the front nine, and made five birdies on the back. He tied Casey at 16-under par by getting up and down from the bunker for a birdie on the 15th hole.
Still tied on the par-4 18th, Watson hit his tee shot 366 yards, then pitched inside 3 feet before taking the lead with a short birdie putt.
Casey, who shot 65, 67 and 62 to lead the field by four shots coming into Sunday, had back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 to end any chance of catching Watson.
Watson also won at Rivera in Los Angeles in February and the World Golf Championships-Match Play in Austin, Texas, in March. He earned $1.26 million for his 12th career victory.