Journeyman Ken Duke made a 2 1/2 foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Chris Stroud at the Travelers Championship to win his first ever PGA Tour event.
Stroud had chipped in from 51 feet on the 18th hole to force the playoff.
But the 44-year-old Duke made the better approach shot on the second extra hole, bouncing his ball in front of the flag and rolling it close.
Duke wouldn't have been there at all had luck not intervened on the 10th hole, when his ball ricocheted off a tree and onto the green to about 5 feet from the pin, allowing him to make birdie.
Canadian Graham DeLaet finished a stroke back in third place. Bubba Watson finished fourth, two shots behind, after making a six on the par-3 16th hole.
Ken Duke turned pro in 1994. If my math is correct, that is 19 years ago. Since that time, Duke played in 186 tournaments on the PGA Tour. Looks like number 187 was the lucky charm.
On Sunday, Ken Duke edged Chris Stroud on the second playoff hole at the Travelers Championship to secure his first career win. Better late than never, right Ken?
Now, some may argue that Duke...
Here's your June 24th Pin Sheet:
44-year old Ken Duke wins Travelers.
Ernie Els wins in Germany.
Chesson Hadley wins Rex Hospital Open.
Craig Stadler wins Encompass Championship.
Oh, look. Inbee Park won. Again. It's only her FIFTH title of 2013.
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