Travelers Championship report: Chez Reavie fends off Keegan Bradley

Chez Reavie is a winner again
Chez Reavie is a winner again

Chez Reavie secured his first PGA Tour title since 2008 with a hard-fought victory over Keegan Bradley at the Travelers Championship.

Leaderboard

-17 Reavie

-13 Bradley, Sucher

-12 Taylor

-11 Tway, Casey, Niemann

Day four report

Chez Reavie secured his first PGA Tour title since 2008 with a hard-fought victory over a charging Keegan Bradley at the Travelers Championship.

A blistering back-nine on Saturday had given Reavie a six-shot lead entering the final round, but Bradley's run over the first 15 holes saw it reduced to a single stroke.

Yet Reavie held firm, and when Bradley made a mistake at the tough 17th with a costly double-bogey, the 54-leader exacerbated it by pouring in his birdie putt to effectively end the contest.

It was a brilliant run by Bradley, who had edged closer with a one-under outward nine before making four birdies from the 10th to the 15th.

While this was happening, Reavie's own birdie attempts seldom threatened the hole, but that changed at the 17th as he made an excellent three to ensure that he could enjoy the walk home.

It was a deserved success for the Kansas man, whose friend Gary Woodland won the US Open a week earlier with Reavie himself buoyed by finishing third.

Bradley's mistake at 17 was compounded by Zack Sucher's chip-in birdie at the final hole, which was enough to share second - a career best for Sucher.

Vaughn Taylor birdied the final five holes in a closing 29 for fourth place, just ahead of Paul Casey, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Tway in a tie for fifth.

Day three report

Zack Sucher threw away a commanding lead in a rapid back-nine collapse on day three of the Travelers Championship, opening the door for Chez Reavie to surge ahead with a superb seven-under round.

Sucher had pulled clear of the pack on Friday to hold a two-stroke overnight lead at TPC River Highlands and the American set about building on that advantage on Saturday, making three birdies before the turn to open up a five-shot lead.

However, a bogey on the 10th was followed by doubles at 11 and 12 to unseat Sucher - chasing a maiden PGA Tour title - at the summit.

Reavie, who had been joint second heading into Saturday's action, capitalised on his compatriot's misfortune, making gains on seven of his second nine holes.

The performance, which featured eight birdies in total, took Reavie to 16 under for the tournament, six clear of closest challengers Sucher and Keegan Bradley.

Jason Day and Roberto Diaz are a shot further back, while Bryson DeChambeau - who went six under on Saturday - and leading British players Tommy Fleetwood and Martin Laird are among four men at eight under.

Reavie, now in the box seat to win his first PGA Tour title since the 2008 Canadian Open - his only victory to date - finished in a tie for third at last weekend's US Open, which represents his best finish at a major.

Day two report

Zack Sucher took the outright lead at the mid-point of the Travelers Championship with a second round of 65 at TPC River Highlands.

The American had been in a six-way tie for top spot after his opening 64 but pulled clear on his own after a second day of impressive scoring.

Having finished his first round with four birdies in the last five holes to join the leaders, Sucher started on Friday on the same back nine and kept up his form with an eagle at the 13th and three straight birdies from the 15th.

Just one more birdie and a bogey followed in a level-par second nine but an 11 under par total meant he led by two strokes from Chez Reavie and Keegan Bradley.

Sucher told the PGA Tour website: "(Tomorrow I just want) to give myself more looks, play aggressive off the tee. If you get uphill putts out here, you can roll in a lot."

Bradley eagled the par-four 15th as he and Reavie each produced bogey-free rounds of 66 to nudge ahead of Bronson Burgoon and Ryan Moore, who are both at eight under.

England's Paul Casey was in a large group at seven under which also included Jason Day, whose 63 was the best round of the day.

Tommy Fleetwood was five under alongside Bubba Watson, who won the event for a third time last year.

Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington and Tony Finau were among those to miss the cut.

Day one report

England's Paul Casey was one shot behind a large leading group after a low-scoring first round of the Travelers Championship.

The world number eight was heading for a share of top spot at six under par until a dropped shot at the final hole, where he failed to chip out of an awkward lie in the greenside rough to fall behind Americans Ryan Armour, Bronson Burgoon and Zach Sucher, Mexico's Abraham Ancer, Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and South Korea's Lee Kyoung-hoon.

Armour had two runs of three straight birdies, from the fifth to the seventh hole and the 11th to 13th, and finished with another birdie to cancel out a bogey at the 15th.

Burgoon, Hughes, Sucher and Lee put together bogey-free rounds while Ancer, having started at the 10th, made five of his seven birdies in his second nine.

Keegan Bradley was another notable name alongside Casey at five under, with England's Tommy Fleetwood joining Patrick Cantlay, Marc Leishman and former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen among those a further shot back.

Phil Mickelson was three under while Padraig Harrington, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed were in a large pack at two under.

Francesco Molinari was one under but Jordan Spieth was three over after a costly eight at the par-five 13th featuring a hack sideways out of the rough, a third shot into the water and a three-putt.

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