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World number 28, Keegan Bradley, has secured his sixth PGA Tour win and second of the season after romping to victory in the Travelers Championship. The 2023 event, which has seen just about everything, came to a close on Sunday evening with Bradley effectively enjoying a lap of honour across the back nine after a dominant performance over 63 holes in Connecticut.
The world number 28 went into day four with a one-shot lead over Chez Reavie but the two men had contrasting starts to their round on the final day at TPC River Highlands. While Bradley settled quickly, birdieing the 3rd and 4th holes of the day, Reavie struggled with the pressure and was two-over par for his round after the opening nine holes.
At the turn, Bradley held a five-shot lead on the rest of the field but even that wasn’t enough for him to feel completely confident. From 13-16, the 37-year-old bogeyed three holes which gave a glimmer of hope to Patrick Cantlay but the world number four failed to capitalise.
In the end, Bradley won with a score of -23 for the week, three shots ahead of Zaz Blair and Brian Harman who shared second place. Speaking after his victory, an emotional Bradley said:
“I just am so proud to win this tournament. Travelers and everybody involved put on a first-class tournament. It’s been like this for a decade, and I’m so happy to be the winner here.”
Scheffler keeps his top-12 record going
Although he didn’t end up winning the tournament, it was another superb outing from Scottie Scheffler this week who extends his remarkable run of form on the PGA Tour. Since October, the 26-year-old has competed in 18 events, including all of the major tournaments, and hasn’t finished lower than 12th.
It has now been 245 days and 18 (EIGHTEEN!) events since Scottie Scheffler finished outside the top 12.
It’s been two months since he finished outside the top 5!
— Sean Zak (@Sean_Zak) June 25, 2023
This week, he finished in a tie for 4th on -19 and he will be left rueing his performance on day two of the tournament where his troubles with his putter reared their ugly head once again. Across the other three days of the tournament, Scheffler showed everyone why he is the world number one with his sensational ball striking.
Given his consistency this season, he will be gutted if he ends the year without a major tournament but with just one more opportunity left – at the Open Championship next month – he will need to work on his putting as a matter of urgency.
McIlroy enjoys himself on day four
While Scheffler has been Mr. Consistent this season, Rory McIlroy has enjoyed a rollercoaster of a year on the tour. He started it as the world number one, before suffering from driver issues which saw him miss the cut at the Masters. Thankfully, he is now back on the ascent and looking close to his best and this was another positive week for the Northern Irishman.
On day four, he caught fire across the front nine but he was always too far back to mount a serious challenge on Bradley at the top of the leaderboard and he ended on -18 for the week after a superb round of 64. Next up for the world number three is the Scottish Open next month as he begins his preparation for the final major of the year.
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