Ken Duke defeated Chris Stroud in a playoff for his first PGA TOUR win on Sunday. (Halleran/Getty Images)
By PGATOUR.COM staff
In his 187th start on the PGA TOUR, Ken Duke is finally a champion.
Duke, 44, carded a final-round, 4-under 66 and then defeated Chris Stroud on the second playoff hole to win the Travelers Championship on Sunday. Duke finished at 12 under, and appeared well on his way to victory in regulation.
After a nifty par save on the 18th hole, Duke was in the scoring area leading by a shot. His closest competitor, Stroud, had flown the 18th green with his approach.
But Stroud added some drama at TPC River Highlands, holing out a 50-foot chip shot to match Duke at 12 under.
After both players made par on the first playoff hole, Duke hit a wedge from 117 yards to 3 feet and made the birdie for his first PGA TOUR win.
"I've worked hard ... I've knocked on the door a lot and here we are," Duke told CBS.
Graham DeLaet carded a 69 and took third at 11 under. On Saturday, he pledged to give $1,000 for every birdie he made over the weekend to flood relief efforts in Alberta. He made three birdies on Sunday, totaling nine for the weekend and $9,000.
Bubba Watson held a one-shot lead until a triple-bogey 6 on No. 16 ended his hopes. Watson hit his tee shot in the hazard and his third shot over the green. He finished with a 70 and placed fourth at 10 under.
Second playoff hole: No. 18
Stroud: Tee shot in the fairway; second shot to 20 feet; third shot (putt) to 1 foot; tap-in par 4.
Duke: Tee shot in the fairway; second shot to 3 feet; third shot (putt) in for birdie 3 and victory.
First playoff hole: No. 18
Stroud: Tee shot in fairway; second shot from 92 yards into greenside bunker; third shot to within 5 feet; made putt for par 4.
Duke: Tee shot in left rough; second shot on green, to within 25 feet of the hole; third shot (putt) just missed; tap-in for par 4.