With a lead of several strokes going into the last few holes of the 2023 Travelers Championship, the only question was whether Keegan Bradley would set the tournament record with his win in the event.
After a couple of bogeys down the stretch, he needed to pull out a par in the final hole, which he did to win at a 23-under 257, which was one shot better than Kenny Perry’s 258 in 2009.
The win at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, was a very popular one for Bradley, who was born in nearby Vermont and also lived in Massachusetts.
“This is for all the kids who grew up in New England and had to endure the winters and watch other people play golf,” said Bradley, who was born in Vermont and also lived in Massachusetts. “I am just so proud to win this tournament.”
It was the second win of the season for the 37-year-old Bradley. He didn’t have to wait nearly as long between wins as the last time. Prior to his win in the ZOZO Championship in October, his last victory came at the 2018 BMW Championship, which ended a six-year drought after his 2012 win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
This win, coming in a designated event on the PGA Tour, moved him up to fifth in the FedEx Cup standings and puts him in line for Ryder Cup consideration. Bradley was also the first New Englander to win this event since J.J. Henry of Connecticut did so in 2006.
In a week full of low scores, Zac Blair shot a 62 to move up from 15th to second on the final leaderboard for the best finish of his PGA Tour career. He wound up at -20, three strokes behind Bradley and tied with Brian Harman for runner-up.
Patrick Cantlay shot a 61 on Saturday to get in contention. He wound up tied for fourth with Scottie Scheffler, whose amazing run of top-five finishes continued for another week. Chez Reavie entered the day in second place—one shot behind Bradley—but his 71 left him tied for fourth with Cantlay and Scheffler.
Rory McIlroy shot a 64 to end up tied for seventh with Denny McCarthy. It was McIlroy’s fifth consecutive top-10 finish. But a week after finishing runner-up to Wyndham Clark at the U.S. Open, the Northern Irishman said that TPC River Highlands didn’t pose much of a challenge after the difficult conditions during the final few days at Los Angeles Country Club.
“I don’t particularly like when a tournament is like this,” McIlroy said. “Unfortunately, technology has passed this course by, right? It sort of has made it obsolete, especially as soft as it has been with a little bit of rain that we had.”
Rounding out the top 10, there was a three-way tie for ninth among Justin Thomas, Min Woo Lee, and Alex Smalley.
The Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit moves up in the calendar from late July to early in the month for this year’s edition. Tony Finau returns as 2022 champion and defends a title at a PGA Tour event for the first time in his career. Bradley will also be playing along with former major winners Thomas and Collin Morikawa.
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