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Jacobson wins Travelers for first PGA Tour title

Jacobson hits from the 16th tee during the third round of the U.S. Open in Maryland
Jacobson hits from the 16th tee during the third round of the U.S. Open in Maryland

By John Nestor

CROMWELL, Connecticut (Reuters) - Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson captured his maiden PGA Tour victory with a win at the Travelers Championship on Sunday following four stunning rounds of near-flawless golf.

Jacobson, whose bogey at 10 on Sunday was the only blemish on his scorecard all week, fired a four-under-par 66 that moved him to a 20-under total of 260, one shot ahead of Americans Ryan Moore and John Rollins.

"It feels unbelievable and it's a been a long time," said Jacobson. "I feel I've been getting closer and closer so it's really nice to pull this one off."

The 36-year-old Swede, who won three times on the European Tour in 2003 and nowhere since, started the day with a one-shot lead after firing a seven-under 63 on Saturday.

Moore stormed into contention with a blistering start that included five birdies on his first seven holes and he became Jacobson's biggest threat. The two were tied at 20-under for the tournament after the American carded consecutive birdies at the short par-four 15th and par-three 16th.

But Moore, playing one group ahead of Jacobson, missed a four-footer for par at the 18th while Jacobson was on the tee.

"That 18th hole is going to sting a little bit," said Moore. "Just put it in a bad place off the tee and maybe a little too aggressive with my second shot. Honestly, hit a pretty darn good bunker shot, almost made it. Hit my first bad putt of the day. It was just a pretty simple left center putt and I pushed it right."

Jacobson then got a huge break as his tee shot on the final hole appeared to be headed for a bunker but kicked off a bank and landed in the fairway. He landed his approach to about 13 feet and then two-putted for the win and $1.08 million.

His bid to become the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to play a bogey-free 72 holes and win on the PGA Tour ended when he failed to recover after sending his approach shot at the par-four 10th right of the green.

"I caught a mud ball there on the right side and hit a good strike and you just got to accept those, with a long iron it can take off sideways," said Jacobson, who got his first win in 187 PGA Tour starts. "So I got challenged but I dealt with it nicely and kept playing well."

Rollins, who started the final round four shots off the lead, returned a seven-under-par 63, including five birdies on the back nine.

"I played good all day and did all I could," said Rollins. "Today I stayed in the moment. I kept plugging along and stayed with what I was doing and managed to get in a good round."

American Michael Thompson finished alone in fourth after a blistering eight-under-par 62 that was the day's lowest round and included nine birdies over his final 15 holes.

Patrick Cantlay, who had a one-shot lead after the second round when the 19-year-old American became the first amateur to card a 60 on the PGA Tour, finished nine shots back of Jacobson following an even-par 70 in the closing round.

"I just learned what it's like to have a week on the PGA Tour, make the cut and compete with the guys," said Cantlay. "The fans here were great all week, very supportive and I thank them."

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

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