Keegan Bradley secured a remarkable victory at the Travelers Championship, setting a new tournament record by a single shot. The adoring New England fans witnessed Bradley's triumph as he closed with a 2-under 68 in the final round, finishing at an impressive 23-under 257 for the tournament at TPC River Highlands.
Bradley's dominant performance throughout the event saw him post scores of 62, 63, and 64 in the first three rounds. With the crowd chanting his name, the 37-year-old confidently sank a 2-foot par putt on the 18th green, raising his arms in celebration. He ultimately finished three shots ahead of both Zac Blair, who carded a 62, and Brian Harman, who closed with a 64.
Expressing his joy, Bradley dedicated the victory to the New Englanders who endured harsh winters and watched others play golf. Born in Vermont and having lived in Massachusetts, he felt immensely proud to win this prestigious tournament.
Despite his nerves getting the best of him in the final stretch, Bradley had only made one bogey throughout the week. However, he dropped three shots in his last six holes, including a tee shot into the water on the 13th hole resulting in a bogey. Nevertheless, a par on the 17th hole secured his triumphant walk up the final hole.
This win marked Bradley's sixth victory on the PGA TOUR and his second of the season, following his success at the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in Japan in October. Notably, he became the first New Englander to claim the Travelers Championship since J.J. Henry in 2006.
Zac Blair had an exceptional performance, achieving his best finish on the TOUR. The 32-year-old from Utah, who had been on a major medical exemption due to a torn labrum, shot a superb 62 on Sunday.
Patrick Cantlay, who made an impressive surge on Saturday with a round of 61, made a late charge with three consecutive birdies but ultimately finished four shots behind Bradley. Other notable players in the mix included Scottie Scheffler (65) and 2019 champion Chez Reavie (71).
Rory McIlroy also put on a show, shooting a 64 and finishing at 18 under par after a strong start. He birdied five of his first seven holes in front of enthusiastic galleries.
The TPC River Highlands proved to be a generous course, surrendering eight rounds of 62 or better throughout the tournament.