Notebook, Round 4: Travelers Championship

June 27, 2010
Mark Stevens, PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Partly cloudy and warm with a high of 86 degrees. Winds S 5-10 mph.

Bubba Watson defeated Scott Verplank on the second extra hole (No. 16) with a par-3. Corey Pavin was eliminated on the first hole (No. 18) with a par-4.

• Watson recorded his first win on TOUR in 122 career starts at age 31 years, 7 months, 22 days.

• Watson's win comes in his fourth start at the Travelers Championship (2006-MC, 2008-T6, 2009-T14).

• Watson came from six strokes back over 54-hole leader Justin Rose. The comeback is the largest on TOUR this season.

• Watson's six stroke final-round comeback is the largest on TOUR since Padraig Harrington came from six back to win the 2007 British Open. The last seven stroke final-round comeback on TOUR was when Brad Faxon won the Travelers Championship in 2005.

• Watson is the ninth first time winner on TOUR this season. He is the 13th winner in his 30s to win on TOUR this season compared to 10 winners in their 20s.

• Watson picks up 500 points and moves to 8th in the FedExCup standings with 1124 points. Ernie Els maintains his lead with 1751 points.

• This was the 20th playoff in tournament history, with the last coming in 2007 (Hunter Mahan). It is the fourth playoff on TOUR this season.

Corey Pavin 5-4
Scott Verplank 2-4
Bubba Watson 1-0

• Below are the playoff records of the three golfers that went to extra holes (including today).

• Watson recorded one second-place finish four straight years on TOUR from 2007-2010.

• An international player has not won the Travelers Championship since Greg Norman in 1995.

Event 54-hole leader Lead Winner
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Molder/Davis +1 Zach Johnson
The Memorial Tournament Rickie Fowler +3 Justin Rose
St. Jude Classic Robert Garrigus +2 Lee Westwood
U.S. Open Dustin Johnson +3 Graeme McDowell
Travelers Championship Justin Rose +3 Bubba Watson

• The 54-hole leader has failed to win the last five events on TOUR:

Strokes Back after 54 Holes Number of Comebacks
1 stroke 9 times
2 strokes 4 times
3 strokes 7 times
4 strokes 2 times
5 strokes 6 times
6 strokes 2 times
7 strokes 1 time

• No one is ever out of it at the Travelers Championship, as there have been 31 come-from-behind victories in the previous 59 years of the tournament, including Brad Faxon's tournament record 7 stroke come-from-behind win in 2005 (T10 entering final round). Below are each of the comeback victories and the number of strokes:

Strokes Back After 54 Holes Winner Year
7 Brad Faxon 2003
6 Bubba Watson 2010
6 Billy Maxwell 1961
5 Phil Mickelson 2002
5 Lanny Wadkins 1992
5 Mac O'Grady 1986
5 Charles Sifford 1967
5 Arnold Palmer 1960

• Below is a chart showing the top 54-hole come-from-behind victories at the Travelers Championship:

• Pavin was trying to win on TOUR in the same year that he was Ryder Cup Captain for the United States. He would have joined Arnold Palmer, Jerry Barber, Lloyd Mangrum, Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen as players to win the same season that they were Captain's on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. The last to accomplish the feat was Arnold Palmer in 1963.

• Pavin's last playoff was when he lost to Lee Janzen at the 1995 Kemper Open.

• Defending champion Kenny Perry struggled on the weekend and finished T74.

• Verplank shot a final round 64 to get into the playoff. In 2009, Scott Verplank fired a final-round 8-under 62 to finish T9 at Travelers Championship. Verplank shot a final-round 61 at the 2001 Travelers Championship, which tied (Brad Faxon, 2005) the lowest final-round in tournament history.

• Pavin recorded top-10 finishes in back-to-back starts for the first time since 1996 (MasterCard Colonial/1 and Kemper Open/T10). Pavin finished T7 in his last start on TOUR at the 2010 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

• This was Pavin's third top-3 finish since 1996 (1-2006 U.S. Bank Championship and T3-2008 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am).

• Peter Jacobson remains the oldest winner in Travelers Championship history (49 years, 4 months, 23 days) and the eighth oldest winner in PGA TOUR history. Had Pavin (50-years-old) won he would have been the fifth oldest in TOUR history to win.

Ben Curtis was paired with leader Justin Rose in Sunday's final round of the Travelers Championship, though it wasn't the first time. The two were paired together in the final round at TPC Hartford in 2005, before Brad Faxon came back from seven strokes down to claim the victory.

  Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 34.821 34.897 69.718 ---
Friday 34.465 34.852 69.316 69.506
Saturday 34.506 34.688 69.195 69.351
Sunday 34.766 34.481 69.247 69.412

• Scoring Averages at the par-70 TPC River Highlands: