Bubba Watson won the Travelers Championship with a closing 63 at TPC River Highlands, rallying from six strokes back to take the title. Yet you could argue it was not Sunday’s most impactful round.
That honor could be held for another Florida panhandle native, Chase Seiffert. The 26-year-old Monday qualifier who no status on any tour posted a six-under 64 to move from T-22 to T-9. In turn, he lived to play another day on the PGA Tour as his finish earned him an automatic spot into The Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in two weeks.
A former Florida State golfer (whose teammates included Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger), Seiffert made four birdies and an eagle on the front nine, then added two more birdies on the 10th and 13th holes to move briefly into a share of second place. A bogey on the 17th was his one blemish on a day in which he hit 12 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation, to finish at 12-under 268 for the tournament and earn a check for $189,000.
“I was telling my instructor and caddie, today is my Monday qualifier for The Greenbrier,” Seiffert said. “If I play well today, I can kind of get myself in, so I went out that and tried to attack.”
Seiffert’s big week began six days earlier at Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington, Conn., when he shot a course-record 63 to earn one of the Monday qualifier spots into the event. It was the second straight year that Seiffert, who lives in Panama City Beach, Fla., qualified for the Travelers via four-spotting.
With last year’s tournament experience to fall back on—he was in fourth place, two strokes off the lead through 36 holes last year before finishing T-43—Seiffert felt more comfortable at TPC River Highlands and it showed when he opened with a 66 on Thursday.
This was just the four PGA Tour start in Seiffert’s career, although he’s made the cut in each. He also Monday qualified for the Web.com Tour’s Rex Hospitals Open, where he finished T-48.
Suffice it to say, he is planning on a summer “full of Mondays” this year, too.
With some time to prepare for his next start with the Quicken Loans Invitational played this week ahead of The Greenbrier, Seiffert has the chance to improve on a few things. Confidence, however, isn’t already there.
“It feels really good,” Seiffert said. “I feel like my game’s good enough to be out here full-time and [this] kind of confirms that with the way I’ve been playing this week and last year here as well.”
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