2017 Travelers Championship
(The 32nd of 43 events in the PGA TOUR Season)
Cromwell, Conn. June 22-25, 2017
TPC River Highlands Par/Yardage: 35-35—70/6,841
Final-Round Notes – Sunday, June 25, 2017
Weather: Mostly sunny with a high of 84. Wind SW 10-18 mph.
Jordan Spieth 63-69-66-70—268 (-12)*
Daniel Berger 68-67-66-67—268 (-12)
Charley Hoffman 69-67-68-66—270 (-10)
Danny Lee 68-67-68-67—270 (-10)
*won with a birdie on the first hole of sudden death
The 2017 Travelers Championship marks the 23rd playoff in tournament history and first since Bubba Watson defeated Paul Casey in 2015. It is also the sixth playoff of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season, and first since the AT&T Byron Nelson (Billy Horschel over Jason Day).
Beginning the final round with a one-stroke lead over Boo Weekley at 12-under 198, Jordan Spieth’s even-par 70, coupled with Daniel Berger’s 3-under 67, resulted in sudden death between the two at 12-under 268. On the first extra hole, the par-4 18th, Spieth holed a greenside bunker shot for birdie. With Berger unable to match Spieth’s birdie, Spieth emerged victorious in his first Travelers Championship start.
With the win, he moves to 4 and 2 in playoffs.
With the win, Spieth collects his 10th career PGA TOUR title in his 120th start at the age of 23 years, 10 months, 29 days. Spieth joins Tiger Woods as the only players in the modern era with 10 PGA TOUR wins by the age of 24. Woods had 15 before he turned 24.
Woods was 23 years, 6 months, 4 days when he won his 10th PGA TOUR victory at the 1999 BMW Championship. Jordan Spieth was age 5.
Players with Most PGA TOUR Wins Under the Age of 24 (since 1983)
Jordan Spieth’s PGA TOUR Victories:
2013 – John Deere Classic
2015 – Valspar Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic, TOUR Championship
2016 – SBS Tournament of Champions, DEAN & DELUCA Invitational
2017 – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Travelers Championship
With the win, Spieth collects 500 FedExCup points and moves from No. 6 to No. 4 in the standings with 1,979 points.
With his win, Spieth joins Justin Thomas (3), Dustin Johnson (3), and Hideki Matsuyama (2) as multiple winners this season.
Spieth’s first three-putt of the week came at the 12th hole in the final round, resulting in one of three final-round bogeys. He needed just one putt on five of his first six holes in the final round.
Tied with Berger at 11-under, Spieth pulled his tee shot left of the green at the drivable par-4 15th, near the water hazard. He managed to get up and down, sinking a putt for birdie from 16’ 2” and regain the outright lead.
Spieth’s playoff victory was similar in style to that of the 2013 John Deere Classic. On the 72nd hole, he holed a greenside bunker shot to force sudden death with David Hearn and Zach Johnson. Spieth claimed his first career PGA TOUR title four extra holes later.
The last player to win on the PGA TOUR by holing a shot from off the green was J.J. Henry at the 2015 Barracuda Championship.
With the win, Spieth becomes the third wire-to-wire winner* (no ties) at the Travelers Championship (Gene Littler in 1959 and Tim Norris in 1982), and first to do so at TPC River Highlands. This is the third of the 2016-17 PGA TOUR Season (Mackenzie Hughes at The RSM Classic and Justin Thomas at the Sony Open in Hawaii). *A total of 10 players have won the tournament after holding at least a share of the lead after each round.
Of his 10 TOUR wins now, Spieth has only won two in wire-to-wire fashion—2015 Masters, 2017 Travelers Championship.
This marked Spieth’s 13th 54-hole lead/co-lead in 120 starts on the PGA TOUR. He has now converted eight into victories.
Spieth becomes the first 54-hole leader/co-leader of the Travelers Championship to convert for the win since Freddie Jacobson in 2011. Dating to 2000, the third-round leader/co-leader of the event has gone on to win six times: Jordan Spieth (2017), Freddie Jacobson (2011), Stewart Cink (2008), J.J. Henry (2006), Peter Jacobsen (2003) and Phil Mickelson (2001).
The third-round leader/co-leader has now won 11 of 32 stroke-play events this season. Before this week, the last to do so was Kevin Chappell at the Valero Texas Open.
Spieth’s win at the 2017 Travelers Championship marks the first time he has won a tournament in his first start.
Spieth becomes just the fourth player to win the Travelers Championship in his first start; Ted Kroll/1952 (first year of event), Sam Snead/1955 and Phil Blackmar/1985.
Spieth’s first-round 63 marked his lowest opening-round score on the PGA TOUR. The lowest start by a Travelers Championship winner is 61 by Kenny Perry in 2009. Spieth’s 63 ranks third for low start by a champion and the best start since Bubba Watson opened with a 62 en route to his second Travelers Championship title in 2015.
Highlighted by two wins (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Travelers Championship), a 2nd (DEAN & DELUCA Invitational) and two 3rds (SBS Tournament of Champions, Sony Open in Hawaii), Spieth has collected seven top-10 finishes in 16 starts this season.
Spieth was one of five winners of the FedExCup in this week’s field; Rory McIlroy/2016 (T17), Jordan Spieth/2015 (1st), Brandt Snedeker/2012 (T14), Jim Furyk/2010 (T26) and Vijay Singh/2008 (MC).
With Spieth’s win, the high school class of 2011 now totals six wins in 32 events on the PGA TOUR this season: Justin Thomas (3), Jordan Spieth (2) and Daniel Berger (1).
Spieth’s Statistics By Round
R1: 8/14 fairways, 15/18 greens, 27 putts
R2: 10/14 fairways, 12/18 greens, 29 putts
R3: 10/14 fairways, 10/18 greens, 24 putts
R4: 7/14 fairways, 12/18 greens, 29 putts
Spieth’s Strokes Gained Summary for the week (rank):
Off-the-Tee -0.899 (53)
Approach-the-Green +4.622 (16)
Around-the-Green +6.278 (3)
Putting +2.302 (30)
Total +12.279 (4)
About Jordan Spieth:
Birthdate: July 27, 1993
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
Residence: Dallas, Texas
Education: University of Texas
Turned Professional: 2012
Joined PGA TOUR: 2013
Daniel Berger, fellow Class of 2011 graduate with Jordan Spieth followed an even-par front nine Sunday with three birdies on his last six holes to get to 12-under 268 and force sudden death with 18, 36 and 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.
Daniel Berger is now 0-2 in playoffs. He previously lost to Padraig Harrington at the 2015 Honda Classic.
Berger was is in search of his third career PGA TOUR victory and second of the season (FedEx St. Jude Classic).
Two weeks ago, Berger successfully defended his title at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He went on to miss the cut at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills.
Beginning the final round in third-place alone, Berger was in familiar territory in his second start at TPC River Highlands. A year ago, he was the 54-hole leader here, leading by three over eventual-winner Russell Knox. Berger shot a 4-over 74 in the final round to finish T5.
So far this season, Berger has amassed five top-10 finishes in 18 starts and jumps to No. 8 in the FedExCup standings.
After going eagle-birdie-birdie on Nos. 13-15 to take the outright lead in round three, Charley Hoffman closed double-bogey-bogey-bogey, playing his last three holes 4-over for a 2-under 68. Beginning today’s final round six strokes back at 6-under 204, fired a bogey-free, 4-under 66 Sunday to finish T3 at 10-under 270.
Hoffman now has three top-10s in eight starts at the Travelers Championship (2012/T2, 2013/T7 and 2017/T3).
Hoffman remains in search of his fifth PGA TOUR title and first since the 2016 Valero Texas Open.
Hoffman came to TPC River Highlands this week on the heels of an eighth-place showing at the U.S. Open.
With rounds of 68-67-68-67—270 (-10), Danny Lee finished T3, good for his 15th top-10 finish in his 158th career PGA TOUR start.
After hitting a perfect 14 of 14 fairways in regulation in round three, he found 11 of 14 in Sunday’s final round, combining for 25 of 28. He was 17 of 28 in rounds one and two.
Lee was making his fifth start in this week’s Travelers Championship and supplanted his best finish of T25 in 2015.
Lee is the winner of the 2015 Greenbrier Classic.
Making his sixth start in the Travelers Champinship, 54-hole co-leader Boo Weekley struggled Sunday, posting a 2-over 72 to finish at 9-under 271 at T5.
Weekley missed the cut at TPC River Highlands in his last two starts of 2016 and 2011. His best showing before this week was T14 in 2009.
Weekley made a much bigger impact on TPC River Highlands’ back nine than the front. Through 72 holes, he was 9-under-par, as opposed to even-par on the front nine.
One of the best ball strikers on TOUR, Weekley ranked seventh in Driving Accuracy this season coming into the week, he hit just 39 of 56 fairways, which ranked T21.
Weekley was making his 297th start on the PGA TOUR. This marked just the second time he has led or co-led heading into the final round. En route to his win at the 2008 RBC Heritage, Weekley held a three-shot lead.
Weekley was in search of his fourth career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2013 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.
In 21 starts this season before this week, Weekley had yet to break the top 25 and has 13 missed cuts.
This marked his first top-10 finish since finishing solo-fifth at the 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
In his sixth consecutive start at the Travelers Championship, Patrick Reed posted rounds of 67-66-72-66—271 (-9) to finish T5. His best showing at TPC River Highlands before this week was T11 in last year’s event.
En route to his final-round, 4 under 66, Reed hit a perfect 14 of 14 fairways and was 44 of 56 for the week (T2).
Reed, a five-time winner on the PGA TOUR, was in search of his first win since last season’s THE NORTHERN TRUST. He is still looking to keep alive a streak of winning at least one event on TOUR a season, which he has done since 2013.
2016 FedExCup winner and World No. 3 Rory McIlroy followed rounds of 67-73-70 with a 6-under 64 Sunday. His lone bogey of the day, also his only missed green in regulation, came at the 72nd hole. When he teed off at 8:51 a.m., he was T60. McIlroy would finish T17. This marked McIlroy’s lowest final-round score on the PGA TOUR since closing with a 6-under 64 at last season’s TOUR Championship en route to the tournament title and FedExCup honors.
2012 FedexCup champion Brandt Snedeker finished strong with a 6-under 64 to get to 7-under 273 (T14). Snedeker began the day T52.
Defending champion Russell Knox struggled Sunday, posting a 3-over 73 to finish T62.
A year ago, Paul Casey was T6 and six shots off the 54-hole lead before a final-round 71 dropped him to T17. In his tournament debut in 2015, Casey lost to Bubba Watson in a playoff to finish runner-up. Casey began the final round four shots back, before a Sunday 69 resulted in a T5 finish at 9-under 271. This marked Casey’s 44th top-10 finish in 213 TOUR starts.
Casey’s lone PGA TOUR victory came at the 2009 Shell Houston Open.
After rounds of 68-66-72-71—277 (-3), Monday-qualifier Chase Seiffert finished T43.
2007 Travelers Championship winner Hunter Mahan posted scores of 68-71-68-67—274 (-6) to finish T17. It marked his best showing on the PGA TOUR since a T4 at the 2015 Dell Technologies Championship.
Seven past champions of the Travelers Championship are in the field: Russell Knox/2016 (T62), Bubba Watson/2015, 2010 (MC), Kevin Streelman/2014 (T8), Ken Duke/2013 (MC), Marc Leishman/2012 (T17), Hunter Mahan/2007 (T17) and J.J. Henry/2006 (T69).
Grayson Murray aced the 8th hole in the final round from 177 yards, using an 8-iron. It marked his first career hole-in-one and became the ninth ace at the eighth hole in tournament history.
R1: Padraig Harrington (66), Xander Schauffele (66)
R2: Cody Gribble (69), Anirban Lahiri (63), Geoff Ogilvy (65), C.T. Pan (68), Tim Wilkinson (66)
R3: C.T. Pan (64), Marc Leishman (68)
R4: Charley Hoffman (68), Mark Hubbard (69).
Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC River Highlands:
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
R1: 34.808 35.237 70.045 —
R2: 35.222 35.601 70.824 70.434
R3: 35.388 34.941 70.329 70.409
R4: 34.514 34.568 69.081 70.070