CROMWELL, CONNECTICUT | Fredrik Jacobson
waited almost eight years to achieve his goal of
winning on the PGA Tour. But he finished off the
Travelers Championship in ball-striking style,
taking the title on Sunday.
Jacobson hit all 14 fairways and 16 of 18
greens in the final round to shoot 66 and win
his first Tour event by one shot over Ryan
Moore and John Rollins. Jacobson, 36, posted
72 holes at 20-under 260 on the par-70 TPC
“It feels unbelievable,” said Jacobson, who
didn’t miss a fairway over the final two rounds
and didn’t make a bogey all week until the back
nine of the final round. “It has been a long time.
I feel like I’ve been getting closer and closer
and it feels good to pull this off. I hit so many
fairways. It started last week. I hit the ball really well at the U.S. Open.
“I’ve never had the lead before. I’ve always
been chasing and that makes you try that
much harder. I decided I wasn’t going to chase
anything. I was striking the ball well and I didn’t
have to gamble for anything.”
Jacobson, who comes from Sweden, plied
his trade almost exclusively on the European
Tour from 1997-2003, winning three times in
2003 and finishing in the top 10 in two major
championships that year.
He also played a nearly full schedule on the
PGA Tour that year and joined the Tour full-time the next year. He finished second three
times on Tour prior to winning the Travelers.
Jacobson and Moore were tied at 20 under
with both having the par- 4 18th to play. But Moore
found a greenside bunker with his second shot
at the 18th. He missed a four-foot par putt that
would have put him into a playoff. Moore and
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