Growing up in Western Massachusetts there were not a lot of professional sporting events on the calendar like there are living in Orlando now. Sure the Red Sox were 90 miles away and there was always a summer trip for a couple days into Boston to see them play but every summer we would always head down to what was then called the Greater Hartford Open and what has now become the Travelers Championship. Mike was even a marshal on the first hole there for a few years.
The Travelers Championship always has an exciting finish with the last 4 holes being a lot of fun to watch. 15 the reachable par 4, 16 the par 3 over the water 17 the par 4 around the lake and 18 the straight away par 4 with an amazing amphitheater where you can pile in over 100,000 spectators into an amazing viewing area and usually the tournament coming down to the final putt.
This year was set up for another one of those exciting finishes with Jordan Spieth holding the lead after each of the first three rounds. He started the final round at -12 and a one shot lead over Boo Weekly. After a very Un-Jordan-Like round he shot 72 including a putt on 15 he all but gave up on that surprised him when it found the bottom of the hole he found himself in a playoff with Daniel Berger, the winner in Memphis a couple weeks ago. Berger started the day 3 shots back and played a great round of 67 including a birdie on the 71st hole to tie for the lead.
On the first playoff hole both players hit TERRIBLE drives. Berger pulled his drive left into the gallery and had a terrible lie with 134 yards to the front edge. Spieth followed suit and pulled his drive into a tree that was about 100 yards from the tee leaving him 227 to the hole where he ended up hitting into the green side bunker.
Spieth was first to play out of the bunker and he hit a running bunker shot that after it checked, released and tracked right into the middle of the hole. Spieth jumped in the air, threw his club in excitement and he and Michael Greller jumped into each other! It was awesome to watch. Berger still had a shot to play to tie Spieth and when his putt from off the green rolled by the cup Spieth was the winner.
Dads Say So Spieth may not have had his best putting performance today. He missed a lot of short ones that made the tournament interesting. At the end of the day he got his 10th win on tour, only Tiger Woods did that faster, and he won his second event of 2017. It was great to see the Travelers Championship get an awesome field this week following the US Open. Getting Spieth, Rory McIlroy and and the stars of the PGA Tour to show up outside of Hartford this week was not only a boost for the event but also the local economy. This tournament may go down as the best tournament of the year on the PGA Tour! We hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we did!