The left-hander earned his third PGA Tour victory of 2018 and his third triumph at the Travelers Championship on Sunday, firing a 7-under 63 in the final round to come from six shots back and take the title by three shots.
What a comeback!
Watson’s day actually didn’t start off fast, as he was just 1 under on his round through eight. But he birdied the ninth after nearly driving the par-4 green and really got his round going when he made an incredible chip-in for birdie at the par-4 10th.
He birdied Nos. 12 and 13 to move to 15 under, and he was suddenly within one of 54-hole leader Paul Casey.
A birdie at the 15th put him 16 under and tied, and Watson took the lead for good when he nearly holed his 77-yard second shot at the par-4 18th and coaxed in his two-footer for birdie. He had a one-shot lead in the clubhouse at 17 under.
Casey then made a demoralizing pair of bogeys at 16 and 17 to kill his chances. J.B. Holmes had to hole out for eagle to catch Watson at 17 under but could not do it.
Thus, Watson was your champion. This is his 12th PGA Tour win, and he gets it at the site of his first Tour title (he came from six back in the final round that time as well).
Watson won here in 2010, 2015 and now 2018. He had been in a win-less drought for two years until capturing the Genesis Open in February.
Now he has three wins in four months and becomes the first three-time winner on the Tour this season. Pretty good stuff.