Ken Duke’s first PGA Tour victory comes in his 187th Tour start at the age of 44 years, 4 months and 25 days.
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Ken Duke hugs his caddie after winning the Travelers Championship on the second playoff hole over Chris Stroud. It was the sixth playoff on Tour this season and first since Derek Ernst won the Wells Fargo Championship.
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Six of the last eight winners of the Travelers Championship have been first-time TOUR champions -- J.J. Henry (2006), Hunter Mahan (2007), Bubba Watson (2010), Fredrik Jacobson (2011), Marc Leishman (2012) and Ken Duke (2013).
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Chris Stroud celebrates after chipping in from 51 feet for birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Ken Duke.
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Ken Duke plays his second shot from the hillside on the 18th hole Sunday. Duke recently returned to using Bob Toski as his swing coach. Toski won the Travelers Championship in 1953. Toski was the first first-time winner in Hartford.
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Before his second place finish at the Travelers, Stroud’s previous best finish on the PGA Tour was fourth at the 2011 OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
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Bubba Watson entered the day tied for the lead but could not hold on for the victory. Watson has now held the lead/co-lead after 54 holes six times. The only one he converted for victory was the 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
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U.S. Open champ Justin Rose chats with his caddie on the second hole Sunday. Rose finished T13 in his bid to become the first player since Ernie Els (1997) to win the week following a win at the U.S. Open.
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Charley Hoffman kicked off the Travelers Championship with a first-round 61. He finished T8.
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Graham DeLaet finished third at the Travelers to match his best career finish on the PGA Tour (T3/2010 Shell Houston Open).
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Angel Cabrera sizes up a putt on the 17th hole Sunday. Cabrera (T9) recorded his second top 10 of the season (playoff loss at the Masters). He did not record any top 10s last year on the PGA Tour.
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Bubba Watson chips in for birdie on the 15th hole on Sunday. Watson made his seventh Travelers Championship start this week. In addition to his 2010 win, other top-10 finishes at TPC River Highlands came in 2013 (4th), 2012 (T2) and 2008 (T6).
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This scene at TPC River Higlands looks like a Tiger crowd, but those are Bubba Watson fans on the first hole of the Travelers Championship on Sunday.
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