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With Justin Rose dominating The Travelers Championship in the early goings it looked like the 2010 edition of the event would be a runaway. In the end it turned out to be a more compelling story than anyone could have imagined. 

Deep into the fourth round Sunday Justin Rose began a downward spiral from which he would not recover, eventually shooting a 75 to share 9th place. Joining him on the descent was Ben Curtis, his fellow frontrunner on the day – at least for the front nine.

By the time Justin’s golf ball found a watery grave on the 14th three other characters in the script were coming to the forefront, ultimately setting the stage for an encore performance beyond regulation.

It was an unlikely trio – 50 year-old Corey Pavin, 20+ year Tour veteran Scott Verplank, and the much-beloved but non-winner on Tour, Bubba Watson all earning a spot in a playoff after each posting 14 under par.

In seemed implausible that Bubba would even be in the playoff. Starting the day six strokes back, his final round was a mix of play. A double bogey on the 17th hole looked to keep him out of reach of his 1st PGA Tour win but an incredible birdie on the 18th, where a cart path helped him to a near 400 yard drive, paved the way for his spot in the ultimate showdown. He recorded five birdies on his back nine Sunday and added another from just inches on the 1st playoff hole.

Verplank matched Bubba to force a 2nd extra hole while Pavin was dispatched to sit on the sidelines and consider a couple more options for his Ryder Cup Team this Fall. 

Ultimately Watson would need just a par, completed with a three-foot putt, to win the playoff and once he did the emotions of his first PGA victory came to the surface as he embraced his wife Angie on the side of the green in a tearful celebration.

 It is a popular victory among many circles and one a lot of people expected much sooner. The self-taught Watson, now 31, is not only known for his prodigious length but an ability to play just about every type of shot.

Largely self-taught, Watson adheres to no swing philosophy and credits his father with starting him in the game. It was his father he dedicated his win to today, mentioning his struggle with Cancer on the post-round interview with CBS. “Without my parents I wouldn’t be anything,” said Bubba who is deeply religious and has never been afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve. 

As his 16,000+ followers on Twitter know – he is an open book and that endears him to anybody he is in contact with. In fact he actually sent out a Tweet just before the playoff began. Who else on the PGA Tour has started their own online campaign to get themselves on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and succeeded? Bubba Watson is no cookie cutter pro and a lot of people like that flavor. 

With his win the lanky Watson now jumps past the $1 million in earning mark for the 5th straight year, each year he has been on the PGA Tour, but more importantly he gets that elusive first win.

Now that he has cracked that egg, who knows how many more wins he can achieve. 

And the possibility of making the Ryder Cup Team this fall? You know Corey Pavin has to be drooling at the possibility of having a man of Watson’s length and creativity available in match play format.  

It’s safe to say Bubba Watson winning The Travelers Championship made a lot of people smile today.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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Photos from the Web.com 2018 North Mississippi Classic

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GolfWRX is live today from the Web.com Tour’s 2018 North Mississippi Classic at the Country Club of Oxford.

Notables in the field this week include Stuart Appleby, Charlie Beljan, Zac Blair, Sam Burns, Roberto Castro, Erik Compton, Ken Duke, Tommy Gainey, Jason Gore, Ben Kohles, Dru Love, Daniel Summerhays, Willy Wilcox and more.

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to 10 Interesting Photos (10IP? No? OK). It’s the final day of tune up ahead of the Valero Texas Open, which is, fun fact, the third longest-running (non major) tournament on the PGA Tour.

We got an in-hand look at The Tank, K.J. Choi’s weaponry, as well a four general galleries and some of the coolest custom stamped wedges you’ll see, c/o JT Poston.

Let’s take a look at the photos!

First up, some more love-em-or-hate-em Jordans from Keegan Bradley

Amid a pretty standard bag, an impressive Pingman putter cover

JT Poston, AKA, The Postman’s, 60 degree, ladies and gentlemen

Vintage X Hot sighting!

Kevin Chappell with the coveted Miura and Fourteen combo

K.J. Choi’s putter shaft! (AMI Stability?)

Scott Piercy remains the king of lead tape on Tour

K>J. Choi is gaming Ping G400 irons

And look at the face on (one of) his Ping putter(s)

Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno “MIZ” pom-pom headcover, though

 

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Valero Texas Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), which plays as a par-72 measuring 7,435 yards for the event.

Sergio Garcia acted as a consultant to Greg Norman for the course’s 2010 design, and he’ll play in the event for the first time in seven years. Joining Garcia in the field are a number of the game’s top players, including Wesley Bryan, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Luke Donald, Harris English, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker and more.

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Last year, Chappell holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to win by one stroke over Brooks Koepka to capture his first ever PGA Tour victory.

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