Bridged an 11-year gap between PGA Tour victories by winning the Travelers Championship on June 23 – and with it could also celebrate a return to The Open through this season’s FedEx Cup points standings and a climb to a best-ever 26th in the world.
A week after his joint third place at the US Open he was six clear with a round to go. That was trimmed to only one by Keegan Bradley, but he had a birdie to Bradley’s bogey on the 17th and the final margin was four. Last July played his first Open since 2012 thanks to moving into the game’s top 50 for the first time following back-to-back runner-up finishes. He lost a play-off to Gary Woodland in the Waste Management Phoenix Open and in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am finished three behind Ted Potter.
Only previous success was the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, where he beat Billy Mayfair by three. At 19 became US Public Links champion, which brought an invitation to The Masters, and while still an amateur also qualified for the 2003 US Open. He was involved in another play-off at the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship, but lost to Webb Simpson.