The Travelers: That's entertainment...or not

John Strege

The entertainment value of a tournament post-major is generally dubious anyway, but this one that once was hosted by the late Sammy Davis Jr. came up a Candy Man short on Sunday. A little song and dance might have helped.

It's not that there wasn't great golf played in the final round of the Travelers Championship, just that it mostly was played out of sight. Hunter Mahan shot a 61 that didn't matter, Marc Leishman a 62 that did.

Leishman won the Travelers on the practice green, his round having been completed more than two hours earlier and thought not to have been enough. "I was pretty confident it wouldn't be," Leishman said.


Charley Hoffman finished double bogey-bogey. (Photo: Getty Images)

The rest of the afternoon was largely unworthy of applause and played out like an extension of the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club a week earlier rather than as a respite from the torment an Open typically causes. As Casey Stengel once said in neighboring New York, New York, can't anybody here play this game?

The TPC River Highlands outside Hartford is amenable to theatrics, with the accessible par-5 13th and the drivable par-4 15th, but it has its angry side, too, and it was in a particularly foul mood on Sunday afternoon.

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