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Harris English beats Kramer Hickok in 8-hole playoff, wins Travelers

Harris English beats Kramer Hickok in 8-hole playoff, wins Travelers
Harris English, shown June 17 at the U.S. Open, earned his second win of the year after his victory at the Travelers Championship on Sunday. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI | License Photo

June 27 (UPI) -- Harris English edged Kramer Hickok in an eight-hole playoff to win the Travelers Championship on Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

Both players birdied the final hole in regulation to force the eight-hole sudden death, which was a record for the tournament. The long playoff eclipsed the previous record of seven, which occurred twice (1961-62) when the event was known as the Insurance City Open.

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The eight-hole playoff is second only to the 11-hole sudden death in the 1949 Motor City Open, when Lloyd Mangrum and Cary Middlecoff were named co-winners by mutual agreement because of darkness. Four other tournaments have reached an eighth hole in a playoff.

"It's hard to stay mentally into it," English said after his victory. "... Hats off to him for a good fight. We were both joking that somebody's got to make a birdie sometime. I had that putt a few times, and I finally read it right."

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Harris, who shot a 5-under 65 in the final round to end the tournament at 13-under par, had seven pars in the playoff before draining a 16-foot birdie putt for the win.

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It was Harris' second win this year and his fourth career victory on the PGA Tour. The 31-year-old also finished third at the U.S. Open last week.

With the win, Harris earned $1,368,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points, moving him into second in the standings.

Hickok, who has never won on the PGA Tour, shot a 67 in the fourth round. The second-place finish was his best ever.

"I learned that I belong," Hickok said. "It was a huge learning experience for me."

Marc Leishman finished third at 12-under 268 for the tournament. Abraham Ancer was alone in fourth at 11-under par, while Brooks Koepka and four others tied for fifth at 10-under 270.

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Bubba Watson, a three-time Travelers winner, was in contention on the final day but played the last five holes at 6-over par to drop out of the chase. He shot a 73 and ended at 7-under par.

Bryson DeChambeau also finished at 7-under 273 and tied for 19th.

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Dustin Johnson, who could have reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the world rankings with a top-five finish, shot 71 on Sunday to tie for 25th at 6-under par.

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