Daily Wrap-up: Round 4, Travelers ChampionshipJune 26, 2011
Staff and wire reports
CROMWELL, Conn. -- Fredrik Jacobson promised 5-year-old daughter Emmie that he would get her a trophy this year like the ones she saw other players holding up on TV.
"It's been haunting me," Jacobson said. "I've been on the board, I've been asked so many times from the kids, 'Did you get a trophy this week daddy? Did you get a trophy this week?' Nope, no trophy. So, I'm excited about that. I'm glad I'm not breaking that promise for her."
Jacobson, a 36-year-old Swede who joined the TOUR eight years ago and has three European Tour victories, had just one bogey in the tournament and finished at 20 under, two shots off the course record.
"I was hitting so many fairways," said Jacobson, who tied for 14th last week in the U.S. Open at Congressional. "It started clicking the end of last week. The last two days I struck the ball the best I ever have at the U.S. Open."
Jacobson hit all 28 fairways over the weekend.
Rollins and Moore closed with 63s. Moore missed a 4-foot par putt on 18.
"I'm not beating myself up over that putt," he said. "That happens in golf."
"It was a pretty simple left-center putt, and I pushed it right into the middle of the hole and it just slipped by the side," he said.
Winner's SpotlightFredrik Jacobson climbed to 18th in the FedExCup standings with his first career victory Sunday.
Nineteen-year-old Patrick Cantlay, the UCLA star who had a 60 on Friday to break the TOUR record for an amateur, finished at 11 under after weekend rounds of 72 and 70.
He arrived to a loud ovation on the 18th green, but bogeyed the hole.
"I just learned what it's like to have a week on the PGA TOUR, to make the cut and to compete with all the guys," said Cantlay, the low amateur at Congressional last week. "This was just my second go-around and it was a lot of fun. The ovations are special every time."
Rollins had four consecutive birdies to start the back nine and gave himself a chance to win at 18, by making birdie after hitting his second shot 4-feet from the pin.
"It seemed like every hole there was a roar going on, so you knew that guys were making birdies and all kinds of low numbers on the board," he said. "So I just kept plugging along and staying with what I was doing and managed to get a good round."
Michael Thompson, a 31-year-old who came out of qualifying school this season, shot the best round of the day, a 62, including a 29 on the back nine. He finished fourth at 18 under.
"It was very exciting, especially this being my dream to play on the PGA TOUR," he said.
Shot of the Day
Bryce Molder nearly holes a 94-yard eagle chip shot on the par-5 6th hole.
Jacobson was trying to become the first player since Lee Trevino in the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open to play 72 holes without a bogey.
And he almost did it.
He had 63 consecutive bogey-free holes before running into problems on the par-4 10th. His second shot went right, ending up resting against the cart path, but after taking relief and pitching onto the green, he couldn't make a 12-foot putt for par.
"I caught a mud ball there on the right side," he said. "You've just got to accept those. With a long iron, it can take off sideways so I got challenged there. But I think I dealt with it nicely and kept playing well."
Moore birdied his first three holes, making short putts on each and was 5 under for the day through the first seven holes. He hit his second shot on the par-5 13th about 262 yards to 10 feet of the pin, but missed his eagle putt. His birdie put him in a three-way tie for the lead.
Moore made three more birdies in a row at Nos. 14-16 to got to 20 under and catch Jacobson again. But he hit into two sand traps on 18, before pitching inside 5 feet.
"When you shoot 63 in the final round, there is not a whole lot to complain about," he said. "My 18th hole is going to sting a little bit."
Jacobson's second shot on 18 stopped up about 14 feet away, leaving him with an easy two-putt for the win.
After tapping in, he threw both arms in the air as his caddie slipped the flag off the pin as a souvenir.
He hopes it's not his last. After all, he has two more kids.
TPC River Highlands: Sunday EASIEST HOLE TOUGHEST HOLE The par-5 13th hole was the easiest with a Sunday scoring average of 4.581.
EAGLES: 6 BIRDIES: 28 PARS: 33 BOGEYS: 5 OTHER: 2
The par-4 10th hole was the toughest with a Sunday scoring average of 4.338.
EAGLES: 0 BIRDIES: 1 PARS: 48
BOGEYS: 24 OTHERS: 1
About the winner • Fredrik Jacobson, fresh off of a T14 finish at the U.S. Open, carded a final-round 4-under 66 to claim his first win on the PGA TOUR (188 starts) by one stroke over John Rollins and Ryan Moore. His previous-best finishes on TOUR were runner-up finishes at the 2007 Ginn sur Mer Classic, 2008 AT&T National and 2010 Valero Texas Open. • With the victory, Jacobson earns 500 FedExCup points and moves from No. 41 to No. 18 in the FedExCup standings. During the first four years of the FedExCup, he has finished 84th (2007), 44th (2008), 57th (2009) and 58th (2010). • Jacobson's 72-hole total of 20-under 260 is the lowest winning score on TOUR this season, besting the 264 set by Sony Open in Hawaii winner Mark Wilson. • Jacobson, a 36-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, becomes the first international winner of the Travelers Championship since Greg Norman in 1995. He is the seventh Swedish-born player to win on the PGA TOUR, joining Jesper Parnevik, Daniel Chopra, Gabriel Hjertstedt, Carl Pettersson, Richard S. Johnson and Henrik Stenson. • Jacobson played the first 63 holes this week without a bogey, with his only one of the week coming on the par-4 10th hole when he missed a putt just under 12 feet for par. He was seeking to become the first winner since Lee Trevino at the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open to go bogey-free over 72 holes. • Jacobson led the field this week in the new statistical category -- Strokes Gained -- Putting. He picked up 2.246 strokes per round over the field.
"Alice is 7 and Max is 3," he said. "So they're probably going to want one each now, too."