Travelers Championship Monday Morning Superlatives

We are back! The PGA Tour crowned its third winner in the return to sport following the COVID-19 “break”. Dustin Johnson had a nice little weekend of 61-67 to score a one-shot victory over Kevin Streelman in Connecticut.

DJ was not the only winner this week at TPC River Highlands. Here are our superlatives for the Travelers Championship.

Most Likely to be in Good Company…
DJ! Everyone talks about how good he is, but do they truly dig into the numbers. He is one of only five players in the history of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), which started in 1986, to be world No. 1 for over a calendar year. The list is Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Tiger, Rory and DJ. Not too shabby.

FUN FACT ALERT: Most wins on the PGA Tour since 2008, DJ & Tiger with 21 apiece. Like most of the elite players when he is coasting around the course he makes it look effortless. Check out how casual he is after the win. Just like, yeah I was due.

Most Lucrative Finish…
Mackenzie Hughes took advantage of the weather delay to calm his nerves and make two birdies coming in on 17 & 18. He moved from T6 to T3. Making his share of the winnings go from 233K to 436K. He did so by making 92 feet of putts on those two holes. 92! After hitting a 48-footer on 17 he did this on 18 from 44 feet. He was the only player in the top-10 to close with a pair of birds.

Worst Sunday…
Brendon Todd did not have fun yesterday. In fact, it was probably one of his least favorite rounds since he joined the tour. Clinging to a two-shot lead and a chance to join rarified air with three wins in a single PGA Tour season, Todd shot a five-over 75 with zero birdies. He shot 14 strokes worse on Sunday (75) then his round on Saturday (61).

Weekend at Bernie’s Award…
Phil was probably sowing his wild oats in the 80s and this weekend he was just going through the motions on the links. After holding the 36-hole lead, Mickelson closed with 71-71 to end up T24. Look at his eyes in this picture. I know I posted it yesterday, but still…

Biggest What If…
What if they trimmed that rough on the left side of the driveable par-4 15th. I know it’s a great hole that rewards an excellent tee shot, but I feel like a TON of tee shots came in hot towards the water and got caught up on the rough. Listen, as I fan I love carnage. Take DJ’s drive on Sunday. He flew it into the rough inside the penalty area in the air and it just stayed there. Just sat up. I think if they trimmed it we get some more drama especially with that Sunday pin location.

Best Round of the Tourney…
A lot of guys went low during rounds in Cromwell, but no one went as low as Mackenzie Hughes on Thursday. He flirted with a 59 and holed over 173 feet of putts during his opening round. That is ridiculous. Golf is a crazy game. He shoots 10 under on day one and battles his balls off to finish at 17-under for the tourney.

Quickest Start…
Not enough people (besides me) are talking about Ian Poulter’s start to the round on Sunday. As his playing partner teed off he let one of the loudest farts of all-time rip.

And he went on to birdie the hole. If you’re as far down on the leaderboard as the Postman was you might as well let it rip!

Most Likely to Succeed…
Will Gordon made the most of the sponsor exemption. As I said in my blog yesterday, With his T3 finish, the 23-year-old earns enough non-member FedExCup points to secure Special Temporary Membership and unlimited sponsor exemptions for the rest of the season. He’ll have the opportunity to earn his tour card. Oh, and he also brought home over 400K. Good looks, dude!

Record-Breaking Performance…
Viktor Hovland finished T11 thanks to a final round 68. You might be asking why this is worth noting. Well, he became the first Norwegian male golfer to break into the top-50 in the OWGR. Way to go, Viktor! Also his outfit on Sunday was something. If you dress like this you HAVE to go low. I respect rocking the orange and black for OSU. #GolfSchool

Most Consistent…
Who else, but our boy, Bryson. DeSLAMbeau racked up his third straight top-10 finish during the restart. The scary part is I don’t think he’s put it all together yet. His distance has been what everyone has talked about (especially me!), but his putting has been getting better. He had a new putter in the bag and he was rolling it on Sunday.

What did I miss? Let me know!

Hope you enjoyed another weekend of coverage. America and the Rocket Mortgage this week. LFG.

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