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Watson roars back, wins on ‘home’ course He overcomes 6-shot deficit to prevail at TPC River Highlands, a special place for him million for his 12th career victory. Cink tied the best round of the week with a 62 on Sunday. The two-time Travelers Champion came out blazing, opening with three straight birdies and putting up a 29 on the front nine. He was 7-under through 10 and acknowledged thinking about a sub-60 round after making birdie on the 15th. “I knew that I needed three birdies to shoot 59. But quickly, I also remembered that the golf tournament was on the line and it would mean a lot more to me to win the Travelers Championship than to shoot a 59.” He bogeyed 16, but finished the round with his 10th birdie. Defending champion Jordan Spieth, who was tied for the lead after the opening round, shot a 69 to finish at 4 under. There hasn’t been a repeat champion in Cromwell since Phil Mickelson in 2001 and 2002. Spieth said he originally was planning to take time off until he defends his title at the British Open but may re-evaluate that as he works on his game. U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka shot a 65 to tie for 19th, at 9 under. He said his top priority right now is rest but said that won’t come until after he attends a bachelor party for his best friend next week. “I don’t feel like I need to play; I feel like my game is in a good spot,” he said. “I played really well this week, just some stupid mistakes, just mental errors. That’s all it was, lack of focus.”

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Watson says TPC River Highlands feels like home. It certainly was a comfortable place for him again this weekend. Watson overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday to win his third Travelers Championship title, shooting a 7-under-par 63 for a three-stroke victory. The lefthander became the first three-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and pulled within one of Billy Casper’s tournament record of four victories. He finished at 17-under 263. Third-round leader Paul Casey, Stewart Cink, Beau Hossler and J.B. Holmes tied for second place. Casey shot 72, Cink 62, Hossler 66 and Holmes 67. Watson also came from six back to win the 2010 event for his first tour title and beat Casey in a playoff in 2015. “I feel like this is my home course,” Watson said. “As soon as they put the schedule up, I sign up for this. I want to come back here. This means so much, not only from the golf side of it, but from the family side. My dad, it was the only time he got to see me win (in 2010). He got to see me qualify for the Ryder Cup at this event. So all these things just mean so much to my family.” During the victory ceremony, Watson’s adopted children — 6-year-old son Caleb and 3-yearold daughter Dakota — received small trophies of their own.

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Bubba Watson tees off on the 18th hole Sunday afternoon en route to winning the Travelers Championship.

nine tournaments. He was second during his first visit in 2015, came in 17th a year later and had a fifth-place finish in Cromwell a year ago. “There was a lot of fight in there,” Casey said. “But, I fought my golf swing all day, as you can see coming down the last couple of holes.” Watson also won at Rivera in Los Angeles in February and the World Golf ChampionshipsMatch Play event in Austin, Texas, in March. He earned $1.26

wind, it was very difficult, but somehow pulling it off,” Watson said. “And that’s what we all try to do on Sundays is pull off the amazing shot.” Casey, who shot 65, 67 and 62 to lead the field by four shots coming into Sunday, birdied his opening hole. But he gave that back on the fifth and had backto-back bogeys on 16 and 17 to end any chance he had of catching Watson. The Englishman has finished in the top 20 in eight of his last

Watson shot a 33 on the front nine but really got it going on the back, with five birdies. He tied Casey at 16 under par by getting up and down from the bunker for a birdie on the course’s signature 15th hole. Still tied on the par-4 18th, Watson hit his tee shot 366 yards, then pitched inside 3 feet, giving caddie Ted Scott a big high-five before taking the lead with the putt. “Hitting some of those shots, especially the shot on 18, down-

GOLF ROUNDUP McCarron wins seniors event

Scott McCarron won the American Family Insurance Championship on Sunday in Madison, Wis., closing with an 8-underpar 64 for a one-stroke victory over hometown player Jerry Kelly. McCarron, 52, birdied Nos. 14-16 and parred the final two to hold on for his first victory of the season and seventh in three years on the PGA Tour Champions circuit. He finished at 15-under 201 at University Ridge. Kelly shot 65, also parring the final two holes. “I’m disappointed, there’s no doubt,” Kelly said. “I want those putts back. I want to just go ahead and hit them hard.”

Hataoka surges in LPGA • Japan’s Nasa Hataoka shot an 8-under 63 to run away with the NW Arkansas event in Rogers for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. The 19-year-old finished with a tourneyrecord 21-under 192 total, three better than the score last year by So Yeon Ryu. Hataoka, tied at 13 under with Minjee Lee entering the day, jumped to the early lead and never let up. Austin Ernst was second after a 65.

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Wallace prevails in Germany • England’s Matt Wallace shot a 7-under 65 to hold off a charge from Thorbjorn Olesen and win the BMW International Open, in Pulheim, Germany. Wallace finished at 10-under 278 — just ahead of Olesen, Mikko Korhonen and Martin Kaymer. Olesen had played himself into contention with the lowest round in tournament history, with nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61. It was the lowest round of his European Tour career and gave the Dane a three-shot lead before the final group had teed off.

Fellow Madison player Steve Stricker, the tournament host and first-round leader, had a 65 to tie for third with 2017 champion Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.

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