Ken Duke outlasted Chris Stroud in a thrilling Day 4 finish at the 2013 Travelers Championship, narrowly edging out the runner-up in two playoff holes.
As CBS Sports tweeted, it was the 44-year-old's first PGA Tour victory.
Ken Duke wins 2013 Travelers Championship. His first PGA Tour win at age 44. Great story.— Eye on Golf (@EyeOnGolf) June 23, 2013
Here's a look at the final leaderboard. Full leaderboard can be found at PGA.com.
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Fans couldn't have asked for a more impressive finish from Duke and Stroud coming down the stretch. Both golfers made big shots throughout the day to chase after the championship. Duke's steady play granted him a one-shot lead with Stroud on No. 18.
Trailing by one shot and needing a birdie to tie for the lead, Stroud holed an incredible chip to close out on No. 18.
However, Duke would remain composed in the face of Stroud's challenge. The two headed to playoff holes, where Duke and Stroud both earned par in the first playoff hole before Duke birdied the next one.
Stroud's attempt to match fell just short, and Duke claimed his first-ever championship.
Bubba Watson Suffers Meltdown
Watson had the opportunity to join the elite company of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose as one of only three players to win a major and five total PGA wins in the last three years, according to Justin Ray of ESPN.
Through 15 holes on Sunday, it looked like he was well on his way to accomplishing the impressive feat. Then came a dreadful No. 16. Watson picked up a triple bogey on the Par-3. He had collected two pars and a birdie on the hold in his previous three rounds.
The hole dropped Watson back two shots of the lead, and he was unable to rebound on 17 and 18 to catch up with Stroud and Duke.
Justin Rose Comes Up Short
Justin Rose entered Day 4 with an outside shot of shooting up the leaderboard.The U.S. Open champion shot back-to-back 68s in Rounds 2 and 3 to draw within four shots of the lead, but he didn't have a magical run in store on Sunday.
His round started off well enough, going two-under par in his first seven holes.
From No. 8 on, things would get a bit more disappointing. Rose struggled to keep his driver in check (just 57.1 percent accuracy), and struggled even harder on the greens (2.10 putts per GIR).
Angel Cabrera Finishes with Best Round of Day 4
The 2013 Masters runner-up finished the weekend with a strong performance in his first outing since missing the cut at the U.S. Open. His 63 was the best score of the day.
Cabrera's first three rounds left him without a real opportunity to contend for the championship, but it should be something that he can build upon going forward.
The key to his impressive day was his driving—he was consistently strong off the tee. He set personal tournament highs in both driving accuracy at 78.5 percent and average distance at 324.3 yards per drive.
In all, he collected nine birdies to just two bogeys and made a solid run at the top 10.