A STRONG finish by Steven Bowditch at the 2015 Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour has secured the popular Aussie golfer a spot at the upcoming British Open.
Bowditch closed with a 4-under 66 at the TPC River Highlands in Connecticut to finished tied for 15th and move to 17th on the FedEx Cup points tally.
That earned him one of five places set aside for players in the top-20 of the FedEx rankings but not otherwise qualified.
Bowditch will join at least 12 other Aussies at St Andrews.
The four top finishing golfers at the Travelers not previously qualified also earned Open spots, including a very relieved former world No.1 in Luke Donald. The other three were America’s Brian Harman, Canada’s Graham DeLaet and Sweden’s Carl Pettersson.
The Travelers was won for the second time by Bubba Watson (67), who beat England’s Paul Casey (65) after a two hole playoff.
“I proved to myself in ’10 [in my first Travelers win] that I could win under pressure in the playoff; I proved to myself that I could mess up 17 and still have a chance to win, and so I knew that if I just kept my head down and kept doing what I needed to do, I could still have a chance to win, and that’s what I did,” Watson said after what was his eighth US PGA Tour title.
There will be another four British Open spots available this week when the US PGA Tour moves on to the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.Travelers Championship Results