Travelers Championship report | Ben Coley's 30/1 tip Dustin Johnson takes title

Dustin Johnson wins the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour

Ben Coley's 30/1 pre-tournament tip Dustin Johnson did the business in the Travelers Championship by claiming a one-shot victory in Connecticut.

Final leaderboard

-19 D Johnson

-18 Streelman

-17 Gordon, Hughes

-16 Na

-15 DeChambeau, Stallings, Kizzire, Steeler, Armour


Round four report

Dustin Johnson carded a three-under 67 for a drought-breaking win in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut as Rory McIlroy battled to finish equal-11th.

The 36-year-old Johnson began the day two strokes behind fellow American Brendon Todd, but the overnight leader's challenge faded after a seven at the par-four 12th and a bogey two holes later.

Johnson held a two-shot lead with three holes remaining when play was suspended due to heavy rain.

He stumbled upon the resumption with a bogey four at the 16th, but two steady pars then secured a one-stroke victory - his first since March last year - on a final score of 19-under par.

The win was Johnson's first since March last year, but continued his streak of having won at least once for the past 13 years.

"I'm definitely proud of myself for continuing the streak and I want to keep it going," Johnson said.

"It was a long time between wins, though, and, so, hopefully it won't be that long for the next one."

American Kevin Streelman also shot a 67 to finish one stroke behind Johnson in second place, with fellow American Will Gordon's superb last day 64 leaving him one further back in a share of third with Mackenzie Hughes, after the Canadian's 67.

World No 1 McIlroy, who had slipped down the leaderboard on Saturday to start eight shots off the lead, had another up and down round, with some sensational golf mixed with costly lapses.

He began his day brilliantly by making a 23-foot birdie putt on the first but bogeyed two of his next three holes, before repairing that damage with birdies at the sixth, seventh and 10th.

The Northern Irishman then drained a a 35-foot putt for an eagle three at the 13th, chipped in from the bunker to birdie the short 16th, but stumbled again with a double-bogey six at the 17th when his second shot found the water.

His final round 67 left him in a group of nine players six shots behind Johnson on 13-under, including midway leader Phil Mickelson, who followed opening rounds of 64 and 63 with two rounds of 71.

England's Paul Casey carded a 68 to finish equal 32nd, while countrymen Ian Poulter and Luke Donald finished among the tail after a 69 and a 79 respectively.

The tournament was marred by the coronavirus, with seven Covid-19 related withdrawals and three positive tests among players.

Cameron Champ withdrew on Tuesday, Denny McCarthy tested positive on Friday, and Dylan Frittelli testing positive after missing the cut.

As a result, the PGA Tour is adjusting its coronavirus protocols. Players, caddies and any other people considered "inside the bubble" will have to test negative before being allowed onto the grounds of the Detroit Golf Club for this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Round three report

Dustin Johnson is two shots back of leader Brendon Todd after 'moving day' at the Travelers Championship lived up to its name.

Johnson began the day six adrift of Phil Mickelson, but sauntered through the field with a nine-under-par round of 61, the lowest of his career and one which saw him climb 19 places on the leaderboard.

For a time, that was enough for the former US Open champion to lead, but Todd went on to match his score and might have bettered it only to miss a short-range birdie putt at the final hole.

While Johnson is seeking his first victory in over a year, Todd is chasing his third of the season after a remarkable comeback story which has taken in wins in both Bermuda and Mexico, with this another step up the ladder should be complete the job.

The American has missed just one fairway all week, a staggering display of precision, and yet Johnson's move through the field after a slow start has appeared ominous for the rest.

Former Travelers champion Kevin Streelman is a further shot back of Johnson in third place, with first-round leader Mackenzie Hughes now fourth following successive rounds of 68.

As for Mickelson, three bogeys in a sloppy round of 71 left him with work to do from six back, though it could have been worse. Twice he dropped one shot when he might have dropped two, and had he made a birdie putt for a round of 70 at the final hole he'd have left the course having limited the damage.

But that putt missed, and he's now tied for seventh, with Bryson DeChambeau and Kevin Na sharing fifth place after each did what Mickelson could not and made three at the tricky 18th.

Rory McIlroy endured another frustrating Saturday, finding water at the 15th just as he'd appeared set to rally following a quiet outward nine. He's now tied for 18th along with Jon Rahm, and eight behind Todd.

Round two report

Phil Mickelson leads the Travelers Championship by one, as Rory McIlroy kept himself within reach with a steady second round to leave himself four back.

After American Denny McCarthy became the seventh player to withdraw from the event for coronavirus-related reasons on Friday, McIlroy followed an opening seven-under 63 with a 68 to hold a share of fourth place at the halfway mark.

He was four shots behind Mickelson, who improved on his first round 64 with a 63 to sit at 13-under.

The left-hander held a one-stroke lead over fellow American Will Gordon, who stormed up the leaderboard with an eight-under 62 in the equal best round of the day, and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, who faltered with a 68 after his blistering 60 on day one.

McIlroy was three shots further astern in a group of five players including Americans Xander Schauffele, who shot a 68, and Brendan Steel, who birdied three of the last four holes to complete a 62.

The tournament has come under a cloud due to Covid-19.

McCarthy withdrew from the event on Friday after testing positive to coronavirus following his first round 67.

Bud Cauley, who played with McCarthy but tested negative, has also withdrawn as a precautionary measure.

Cameron Champ withdrew after testing positive before the tournament, while Graeme McDowell and Brooks Koepka both pulled out after their respective caddies returned positive tests.

Koepka’s brother Chase and Webb Simpson withdrew having been in close proximity with a person who had subsequently tested positive.

England’s Matt Wallace, who played with McCarthy and Cauley in the first round, tested negative and played his second round, missing the cut on two-over par.

Speaking before the latest withdrawals, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was adamant the tournament would continue, but warned of consequences for players who do not follow strict safety protocols.

McIlroy began Friday with an up-and-down front nine by mixing three birdies with two bogeys, finding a bunker and two-putting at the par three fifth, then finding water at the short eighth.

The world No 1 sank a six-foot putt for a birdie two at 11, but despite playing consistently thereafter he could not improve his position through a frustrating run of seven straight pars.

By contrast the 50-year-old Mickelson was on fire, a bogey at the par four second proving his day’s only blemish before seven birdies in his next 11 holes, and one more at the last when he hit his second shot 118 yards to within two feet of the hole.

England’s Luke Donald followed a 69 with a 65 to sit seven shots off the pace at six-under, while Ireland’s Shane Lowry dropped three shots on the day to be a further shot away along with England’s Paul Casey (69, 66).

Round one report

Rory McIlroy made a strong start at the Travelers Championship but the world number one is three shots off the lead after an impressive opening round from Mackenzie Hughes.

Teeing off in a marquee group alongside Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, McIlroy kick-started his round on the par-five 13th, his fourth hole, where he rolled in an eagle putt before hitting birdies at the 14th and 15th.

His only blip came at the par-three 16th, where he missed the green and, from thick rough, could only get the ball to within 15 feet of the hole and missed the par save.

However, a further four birdies - and McIlroy missed a host of other chances - enabled the Northern Irishman to steer a route towards the top of the leaderboard with a seven-under round of 63.

McIlroy trails Canadian Hughes by three shots. Hughes needed a birdie at the last to shoot 59, but the world number 158 did not sink his putt, leaving it short.

Mickelson is at six-under with fellow Americans Michael Thompson and Tyler Duncan, as well as Sergio Garcia and South Korea's Seung-yul Noh, as the opening round continues.

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