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Russell Knox wins Travelers Championship by a stroke

August 07, 2016

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Russell Knox secured his second career PGA Tour victory on Sunday, winning the Travelers Championship with a score of 14-under 266. He shot a final round two-under 68 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., edging out Jerry Kelly by a stroke for his first win since the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions.

Knox entered the round three strokes back of third-round leader Daniel Berger, playing with him in the final pairing. He gained the outright lead with a birdie on 13.

Knox kept it interesting, though, hitting his drive into the gallery on 18, and knocking his approach shot into the greenside bunker. He would hit it onto the green, and nail down a 12-foot par putt to secure the victory.

The biggest story of the day, though, surrounded Jim Furyk in the morning wave. Furyk shot not only the best score of the round, but the best score in PGA Tour history. He fired a 12-under 58, consisting of 10 birdies and an eagle. The 46-year-old Furyk is the only player in PGA Tour history to shoot a 58, and the only one with two sub-60 rounds on the PGA Tour. He shot a 59 during the second round of the 2013 BMW Championship.

He moved 65 spots up the leader board on Sunday, finishing tied for fifth with Berger, Robert Garrigus and Tyrone van Aswegen at 11 under.

Jerry Kelly shot a six-under 64, moving into a tie for the lead by the time his round was completed. The 49-year-old Kelly was looking for his fourth PGA Tour win, and his first since 2009. He finished in sole possession of second place at 13 under.

Justin Thomas had the second-best round of the day, shooting an eight-under 62. He birdied holes five through nine, and finished tied for third with Patrick Rodgers at 12 under.

Berger, the winner of the FedEx St. Jude Classic earlier in the year, had a three-stroke lead to begin his round. He squandered it, though, with six bogeys throughout the day. He finished his round at four over, dropping down to a tie for fifth at 11 under.

[Click here for the entire leader board from TPC River Highlands.] (