CROMWELL, Conn. — Harris English birdied on the eighth hole of the sudden death to win the Travelers Championship on Sunday, defeating Kramer Hickok after the pair birded on the last hole to force them into play. off
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It matches the second longest sudden death playoff match in PGA Tour history.
England fired a 5-under 65 to finish the fourth round at 13-under and then a 5-foot putt on the seventh trip on the 18th hole of the day. Hickock missed a 36-foot birdie putt and ended the play-off. with par 8 consecutive par
The TOUR record for the sudden death playoffs was 11 holes in the 1949 Motor City Open when Lloyd Mangrum and Cary Middlecoff were declared co-winners by mutual agreement due to darkness. Four more events have reached the eighth playoff hole.
The eight-hole playoff is a record for the tournament, which went seven holes in 1961 (Ted Kroll) and again in 62 (Bob Goalby) when it was known as the Insurance City Open.
It was the second win of the year and the fourth in England’s career. which finished third on the USC list Open last week and fourth in USC Delayed Open in September, he won $1,368,000 and 500 points. The FedExCup moved up to second in the standings.
England sank a bottom 28 in the 72nd hole that would emerge from a three-way draw and finish 13 under. He then went on to warm up in case Hickock, who is -12 with two holes left to play, would catch him. have
The 29-year-old Texas native has never won on the PGA Tour. Unable to convert a 39-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but he tapped at the bottom ninth for a birdie in 18th to match the English.
They played 18 again — twice — and pared again — twice, then to No. 17, then 18, then 17, then 18 and 18 again: all par. to win In the sixth savage hole England missed a 7-foot birdie putt to secure victory.
On the par-4 final trip of 438 yards, Hickock hit his second from the 28-foot pin and hit two putts. England approached him 16 feet and made a birdie.
Hickok has never won a PGA TOUR, finishing second is his best performance. He ranks 8th in the 2018 Bermuda Championship, his only time in the top 10.
Four players tied at 12 under after Bubba Watson bogeys 14, but the three-time Travelers award winner played the last five holes at six to get out of the chase.
“I’m glad to be there, there’s a chance,” Watson said. “You know, I’d love to do it again next week. Throw yourself again, it will be great. I need a chance and a chance to win.”
Watson’s collapse left his 54-hole co-head Hickock top 12 under with the Briton and Marc Leishman, who finished the lap with 64 two hours earlier.
England finished the fourth round. Birdy-Bogie-Birdy By jumping after the ball and punching behind the last hole of control. Hickok’s celebration was even more intense.
But there is still a semifinal to come.
Leishman won the 2012 tournament, scoring 62 goals on Sunday, six strokes behind and his first professional win at the TOUR. This year he has scored 64 in the final and is the clubhouse lead. For several hours under 12, but got third.
With so many low scores on Sunday and all the leaders still on course. He felt that it wasn’t enough.
“It’s nice to run and lead,” said Leishman, who headed to the pitch to warm up before English took his place. “I didn’t hold my breath. But I’m not going anywhere.”
Abraham Ancer (65) is fourth at minus-11. Kevin Kisner has his second 63 races – along with 70 and 74 – to be fifth at 10 under with Brooks Koepka (65) and three others.
Finishing in the top five will bring Dustin Johnson back to world number one. But the defensive champion shot 71 on Sunday to tie 25th at 6th under.