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his tee shot into the water and did the same thing on 17 after playing his second shot from the penal rough.


“I was just trying to give myself as many chances as I could,” Watson said. “It was nice to have a couple of tap-in birdies. I just didn’t finish it off on the back. I made my run and just didn’t kind of really have anything after that.” If Leishman was thrilled with the outcome, Roland Thatcher, the co-leader after three rounds, came away feeling empty-handed. He started his final round by making bogeys on three of the first six holes. To his credit, he rallied with an eagle from 15 feet on the par-5 13th. Thatcher still had a chance playing No. 18, but couldn’t make birdie.


“You never want to take the lead going into Sunday and then need two birdies on the last two holes to catch up,” he said.


The round of the day belonged to Hunter Mahan, who shot a career-best 61 after he came within a stroke of missing the 54-hole cut. “At that point, you’re kind of like, God, do I want to even make this?” Mahan said. “I’m glad I did.”


Mahan opened with five pars before making nine birdies on the final 13 holes.


“Your adrenaline is pumping more than you are nervous, because nothing really bad can happen,” Mahan said. ■


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The Travelers Championship is proud to support the PGA TOUR’s tradition of giving back, by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to charity, as well as generating funds for more than 130 nonprofit organizations throughout the region. The tournament has contributed more than $30 million to the community since its inception in 1952.


FINAL STANDINGS PLAYER


Marc Leishman Charley Hoffman Bubba Watson Tim Clark


Brian Davis John Rollins


Roland Thatcher Brendon de Jonge Fredrik Jacobson Matt Kuchar


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T2 T2 T4 T4 T4 T4 T8 T8 T8


68 66 70


67 67 67 66 71 66 69 67 67 68 67 66 67 72 65 65 66 67 68


62 66


65 65 66 64 65 65


67 70 68 70


66 66 70 66


68 68


TOTAL SCORE


266 267 267 268 268 268 268 269 269 269


FEDEXCUP POINTS


500.00 245.00 245.00 108.75 108.75 108.75 108.75 80.00 80.00 80.00


Tournament Record 258, Kenny Perry, 2009


Tournament 18-Hole Record 60, Patrick Cantlay, 2011


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How Was It Won?


Marc Leishman won the Travelers Championship with a display of solid golf. Here are some numbers:


■ He ranked 12th in Driving Distance (301.5 yards). ■ He tied for 11th in Total Putts (111). ■ He tied for 15th in Driving Accuracy (76.8 percent).


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Marc Leishman was the ninth player (10 wins) in his 20s to win on TOUR in 2012. He was the third consecutive winner in his 20s on TOUR (Dustin Johnson/FedEx St. Jude Classic and Webb Simpson/U.S. Open).


Leishman was tied for 20th and six shots off the lead entering the final round. He fired a bogey-free 8-under-par 62 in the final round, matching his career-best round in the second-best comeback in tournament history. Leishman finished his round at 3:39 p.m. and the last putt of the tournament fell at 6:01 p.m.


The Travelers Championship is one of the PGA TOUR’s longest-running tournaments, beginning in 1952 as the Insurance City Open. It had a long run at Wethersfield Country Club, but by the late 1970s and early 1980s, the club could no longer accommodate the large galleries (it is one of—if not the—premier sports event in Hartford). Eventually, tournament and TOUR officials came upon a site about a half-hour’s drive south of Hartford—a course designed by R.J. Ross, a nephew of Donald Ross, the famed architect. Pete Dye designed the original TPC River Highlands, producing two nines that were, well, as different as night and day. The front nine was fairly traditional, but when it came to the back nine, Dye gave free reign to his considerable imagination. After a few years, Bobby Weed, who had a long history of working with the TOUR, was brought in for his opinion. The result was that he built seven new holes and altered 11 others, creating a course whose back nine produces some of the most exciting finishes on TOUR—to the delight of some of the largest galleries.


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