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Bradley hangs on for emotional Travelers Championship triumph

NEW YORK (AFP) – Keegan Bradley survived a spate of late bogeys to claim an emotional victory on Sunday at the Travelers Championship, the PGA Tour event in Connecticut that the New Englander considers his home tournament.

Bradley led by six strokes after back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th and even three bogeys in the space of four holes – starting with a tee shot into the water at 13 – couldn’t prevent him from lifting the trophy.

His two-under par 68 was good enough for a tournament-record total of 23-under par 257 at TPC River Highlands, where he bettered the previous tournament record of 258 and beat Zac Blair and Brian Harman by three shots.

“This is for all the kids who grew up in New England, got to sit through the winters and watch other people play golf,” said Bradley, who attended the tournament in Cromwell, Connecticut, as a child. “I just am so proud to win this tournament.”

There was a last bit of drama at the 18th, where Bradley’s approach settled under a spectator’s folding canvas chair.

Keegan Bradley is handed a trophy by sons Logan and Cooper. PHOTO: AFP