Bubba Primed for JDC

28 06 2010

The John Deere Classic already had 23 recent tournament winners in its field.

Make it 24.

Bubba Watson’s sudden death victory Sunday (June 27) at the Travelers Championship outside Hartford increased by one the number of recent champs coming to TPC Deere Run the week of July 5-11.

The long-hitting Watson earned his first career PGA TOUR victory by holing a three-foot putt for par on the second hole of a three-man sudden death playoff at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. 

Watson, Corey Pavin, and Scott Verplank all finished at 14-under par 266 after 72 holes. Watson and Pavin both shot 4-under par 66s in the final round while Verplank shot 64. 

Pavin was eliminated after the first playoff hole when both Watson and Verplank birdied No. 18 while the 2010 Ryder Cup captain could manage only a par. 

Watson won with a par on the second playoff hole – the difficult par 3 16th – when Verplank missed an eight-foot par putt.

Watson has played the John Deere Classic three times since 2006, made the cut twice, and earned $67,061.

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