The Chicago Golf Guy has been on vacation in Florida for a few days, and therefore you were on your own for the first time this year with PGA Tour recaps. But not to worry, I got you covered for the final round of the Travlers Championship. Marc Leishman wins his first PGA Tour Victory four hours after his carrer low Sunday round of 63 (-8 under par). While being interviewed after the round Marc had said that he didn’t think -14 under would make it today, and that he just didn’t make enough birdiers out there.
Little did he know that Charley Hoffman would take the lead at -16 with just two holes to play. When a poor tee shot found the water on 17 Charley made a double bogey on the penultimate hole at TPC River Highlands before a bogey on the 18th to finish one shot behind winner Marc Leishman, who was already in the clubhouse. “I wouldn’t say it was pressure or lack of preparation. I just didn’t hit good golf shots the last two holes.”
“The 18th I consider that a birdie hole for me,” he said. “Making bogey there was pretty disappointing. I got a little quick (with my driver) and when all is said and done if I had to do it over again I would’ve tried to slow it down.”
He wasn’t able to, though, and hit his tee shot into the rough before catching his approach thin and leaving it in a greenside bunker on the short side of the pin. Hoffman had a 17-foot downhill putt for par but left it short.
“You don’t want to leave a putt to win short, but I was trying to hit the putt the same as I would first hole as the 72nd hole and trying to give it enough speed to go in the hole,” Hoffman said. “Mentally I know what I did wrong; I didn’t hit the putt hard enough, but in the end it shouldn’t be in that position.
“Mentally, I was there. I was trying to make birdie to win the golf tournament. I just hit every shot bad — bad drive, bad second shot, bad bunker shot, bad putt. It happens.”
Marc is the fifth PGA Tour member to capture their fist win at the Travelers Championship. A very bizare finish to a great golf tournament. The weather was also a big factor this week, with Thursday and Friday being the hottest days so far on the PGA Tour this year. The hot weather didn’t stop the players, but its was awful hot out there. As the saying goes… These Guys are Good, but they can’t wear shorts.