Harris English wins Travelers Championship in eight-hole playoff – .

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Harris English wins Travelers Championship in eight-hole playoff – .


CROMWELL, Connecticut – Harris English birdieed the eighth hole in sudden death to win the Voyageurs Championship on Sunday, beating Kramer Hickok after the two birdied the last regulation hole to force the playoffs.


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It marks the second longest sudden death qualifier in PGA TOUR history.

English shot under 65 to 5 to finish the fourth round under 13, then put out a 5-foot putt on the seventh round in the 18th hole of the day. Hickok missed a 36-foot birdie putt and finished the playoffs with eight straight pars.

The TOUR record for a sudden death knockout is 11 holes in the 1949 Motor City Open, when Lloyd Mangrum and Cary Middlecoff were mutually agreed to co-winners due to the obscurity; four other events hit an eighth hole in the playoffs.

The eight-hole playoffs were a record for the tournament, which lasted 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 this year and the fourth career win for English, who finished third at the US Open last week – and fourth at the pandemic-delayed US Open in September. He won $ 1,368,000 and 500 FedExCup points, moving up to second place in the standings.

The Englishman sank 28 feet on the 72nd hole to break out of a tie at three and finish 13 under. Then he headed over to the pit to stay warm in case Hickock, who was under-12 with two holes to play, could catch up with him.

The 29-year-old Texan, who had never won on the PGA TOUR, couldn’t convert a 39-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but he did hit a nine-foot birdie on the No.18 to tie the ‘English.

They replayed 18 – twice – and parried it again – twice. Go to n ° 17, then 18, then 17, then 18, then again 18: All par. Hickok landed two long birdie putts that would have won him; on the sixth hole of the playoffs, English missed a seven-foot birdie putt to win.

On the last trip over the 438-yard par 4, Hickok threw his second shot 28 feet from the spit and putted two putts. English landed his approach at 16 feet and birdie.

Hickok has never won on the PGA TOUR. Second place was his best ever, passing a tie for eighth at the 2018 Bermuda Championship, which was his only other time in the top 10.

Four players were tied at under 12 after Bubba Watson missed the 14th. But the three-time winner of the Travelers played the last five holes with six more to abandon the race.

“I’m glad I was there, that I had the opportunity,” Watson said. “You know I’d love to do it again next week, throw up on myself again.” It would be great. I want to have the opportunity and the chance to win.

Watson’s collapse left Hickok – his 54-hole co-leader – in the lead at 12 under with English and Marc Leishman, who had finished his lap with a 64 two hours earlier.

The Englishman completed the birdie-bogey-birdie round four, jumping after the ball and pumping his fist after the last regulation hole. Hickok’s celebration was even more emphatic.

But there was still a playoff to come.

Leishman won the tournament in 2012, shooting a 62 on Sunday to come back six shots behind to claim his first career TOUR victory. This year, he shot 64 in the final round and was the clubhouse leader for several hours at under 12, but settled for third place.

With many low scores on Sunday and all the leaders still on the course, he felt that was not enough.

“It’s good to have a race and to be in the lead,” said Leishman, who went to the range to warm up before English took his place. “I’m not holding my breath, but I’m not going anywhere. “

Abraham Ancer (65) was fourth with minus-11. Kevin Kisner had his second 63 of the tournament – with a 70 and a 74 – to place fifth at 10 under with Brooks Koepka (65) and three others.

A top-five ranking would have brought Dustin Johnson back to the top spot in the world. But the defending champion shot 71 on Sunday to tie for 25th at 6 under.

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