USPGA Tour, Travelers Championship, Aussie Marc Leishman Wins June 25 2012
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Marc Leishman wins the US PGA 2012 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, his first US Pga Tour Win. Marc had an amazing last round of -8 under par for 62, to finish the day with a tournament total of -14 under par, and a win by one stroke from Major winner Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman. This is the fifth time in the last seven years someone's inaugural victory has come at TPC River Highlands. The amazing last round even surprised Marc himself;
"I don't know where to start, really. Waiting around is really hard, it didn't look like I had much of a chance. You've always got a chance, you know. I'll be watching pretty closely, but I don't need to be anxious. I probably think I'm one or two short and that's the attitude I'm going to have. But I'm also not going to go anywhere. You take any tournament that you win, they're so hard to win. People say that they don't know how they feel, you know, excited, all that. But I really don't know how I feel. It's going to take a while to sink in."
Marc had finished way in front of the others, and was sitting watching soccer on TV, not expecting to be in the hunt. Even while he was watching TV he had been passed on the leaderboard by Charlie Hoffman, who had led by as many as three shots during his round on Sunday. A wayward tee shot into the water for a double bogey on number seventeen, was then sadly followed by a definitively crushing bogey on eighteen, to finish at an unlucky -13 under par and one shot back of Leishman.
Charlie castigated himself after his last two holes;
"Where that pin was on seventeen, it was a tough chip from the back. "
Charlie took a drop penalty then hit his approach over the green.
"I can live with that. What I did on eighteen was pretty pathetic."
Bubba was just as wasteful, he once again rinsed his tee shot at the reachable par-4 fifteenth hole. It was Déjà vu;
"If you go back to my history of me playing this golf tournament, I've always hit it in that water. "
His birdie attempt then lead slid by the hole, it would have tied him for the lead.
Tim Clark missed a two foot putt on seventeen for a par, when was at -13 under par.
"That's like taking a bullet to the head. I pretty much knew I was going to miss it, to be honest with you. You put yourself in position like this to win a tournament and to finish like that, having not missed a shot all day really. I mean I played great. I feel like I could have walked away with a win."