CROMWELL, CT — New England golf fans once again flocked out to see their favorite PGA Tour players in Cromwell Ct. at this years Travelers Championship. Team New England was out in force with 5 players from the region competing in the historic tournament. Brad Faxon with drew on the Wednesday prior to the start due to a lingering knee injury. In the end it was Stewart Cink who held on for his fifth PGA Tour victory with a final round 3 under and a total of 18 under for the tournament just one stroke ahead of last years champion Hunter Mahan and Tommy Armour III.
Though three rounds in 9 other PGA events with a lead going into the final day Cink had failed to hold on, but this time was the charm for him. Cink made a great save after an errant tee shot into the crowd on 18th hole, then his approach flew the green, but he got up and down for the par and the victory, his first since 2004. The win vaulted Cink who has been having a great year with six top ten finishes into the third spot in the FedEx Cup standings behind Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson with over 3.7 million in earnings in 2008. Cink shot 4 under in round one and was just 2 back of the lead. On Friday he posted a 64 for the lead at 10 under and fired a 65 on Saturday to go to 15 and a 67 in the final round for 18 under for the win.
For three days the winds stayed calm at TPC River Highlands but in the fourth round things changed. The starting times were moved up to 7:30 am on Sunday with threesomes going off the 1st and 10th tees to avoid predicted severe weather. From the start the winds were up and the course played considerably more challenging due to the conditions. At about 1pm the wind picked up and the weather deteriorated rapidly and halted play for 1 hour. At 2pm play resumed and Cink walked away with his fifth PGA tour win and the check for $1,080,000.
PGA Tour Rookie Brad Adamonis treated local New England fans to a stellar performance. Brad shared the lead in the tournament with a 6 under round of 64 on Thursday with Brian Davis, Johnson Wagner and Steve Lowery. Brad posted 4 consecutive rounds under par at 64, 68,68 and 67 in the final round. On Friday and Sunday he played bogie free rounds and in four days carded 16 birdies an eagle and only 5 bogies for a finishing score of 13 under par and a 6th place finish, his best on the PGA tour. Brad thrilled the crowds with a number of spectacular par saves especially on the final round. He was as mentally tough as he had to be and had great composure and patience through the tournament.
Brad at age 35 is the oldest rookie on the PGA Tour but you would never know it by the sparkle in his eye, he looks like a kid in a candy store. It has been his dream his entire life to be here and I think he is more ready than ever to make his mark on the tour. A large gallery of family and friends were treated to a great final round on Sunday of 15 pars (4 of them just unbelievable) and three birdies for a three under 67 in the most difficult conditions of the tournament. At Days end Brad walks off with his largest paycheck in his golf career of $194,250. Dollars and a jump on the money list just shy of the top 125. Brad only tour victory to date was last September at the Nationwide Tours WNB Classic in an 8-hole playoff with four others. Brad may be the oldest rookie but the new kid on the block may have more to say before this season is over.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?