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English Emerges Triumphant At The Travelers Championship

Harris English was victorious on the eighth extra hole of a play off for his third victory on the PGA tour, and second of the 2020/21 season. The 8 extra playoff holes were the most in PGA TOUR history since the 1949 Motor City Open. Runner-up Kramer Hickok birdied the 72nd hole to force sudden death with English, but ultimately settled for a career-best finish of second.

English, after beginning the final round two strokes off the lead at 8-under 202, sank a 27’8” birdie on the 72nd hole to post 5-under 65 and take the clubhouse lead at 13-under 267; after matching pars with Kramer Hickok on the first seven extra holes, made birdie on the eighth hole of sudden death (No. 18) for the win. English claims his fourth career PGA TOUR title in his 264th start at the age of 31 years, 11 months, 4 days. This win comes in his eighth Travelers Championship start and marks his second top-10 finish (T7/2014) With the win, he moves to No. 2 in the FedExCup for the third time this season and is projected to move inside the top 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking (from 19th).

Having most recently won the 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions, also via a playoff, becomes the fifth multiple winner this season (Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Jason Kokrak and Stewart Cink) this win marks his seventh top-10 finish of the season (21 starts), comes a week after finishing third in last week’s U.S. Open

Elsewhere in the field:

  • 2012 Travelers Championship winner Marc Leishman (3rd/-12) sank 123’6” of putts en route to a bogey-free 6-under 64 in his 11th tournament start, and 10th consecutive since his 2012 victory
  • Abraham Ancer (4th/-11) closed with a 5-under 65, his lowest score of the week to collect his second top-10 finish in five starts at the Travelers Championship (T8/2019)
  • On his way to a bogey-free 7-under 63, Kevin Kisner (T5/-10) made six birdies in a seven-hole stretch, including five straight on Nos. 11-15; his round-by-round performance on Nos. 11-15 this week: R1/E, R2/-5, R3/+4, R4/-5; marks the first occasion to post multiple scores of 63 in a TOUR event (rounds two and four); only player to post multiple bogey-free rounds (R1, R4)
  • Following a bogey at No. 1 for the third time this week, Brooks Koepka (T5/-10) made six birdies to close his fifth Travelers Championship with a 5-under 65
  • Jason Day (T10/-9) closed with an even-par 70 in search of his 13th career TOUR victory and first since 2018 Wells Fargo Championship; claims his third top-10 finish of the season (T7/Vivint Houston Open, T7/AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am);  marks his second top-10 finish in seven Travelers Championship starts (2019/T8)
  • A week after finishing T4 at the U.S. Open in his first-ever PGA TOUR start, Italy’s Guido Migliozzi (T13/-8) closed with a bogey-free 3-under 67
  • Jim Herman (T25/-6) used an 8-iron to ace the par-3 16th from 154 yards, his third career hole-in-one and first since round two of the 2015 Mayakoba Golf Classic presented by UNIFIN
  • Defending champion Dustin Johnson closed with a 1-over 71 to finish T25 at 6-under 274
  • 2001-02 Travelers Championship winner Phil Mickelson finished T61 at 1-under 279

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