If shooting par for a single round is the highest score over a four-day tournament, chances are the golfer is pleased but not totally satisfied with the final results. Such is the case with Bud Cauley after shooting a 69 (-1) on Sunday at the Travelers Championship (Cromwell, Conn.). He tied for 11th with a tournament total of 270 (63, 70, 68, 69) finishing at -10, five strokes behind the winner, Kevin Streelman.
Cauley was tied for seventh (-9) after three rounds and hoping for early success on the front nine today. Two bogeys on the first and fourth holes trumped a birdie on the par 4, 431-yard third hole. His approach shot from 111-yards settled 1'3" from the pin setting up the birdie putt. Cauley had birdied the par 4, 406-yard ninth hole twice during the tournament (1st & 3rd round) and was presented with a reasonable opportunity this afternoon but a putt from 7'10" fell 3" short.
After barely missing a 22' 7" putt on the tenth, the back nine was kinder to Cauley. He birdied No. 13 on Friday and Saturday. The streak continued on Sunday with a 5' 1" putt for birdie on the par 5, 523-yard hole. He had saves from the rough to shoot par on Nos. 14, 15 and 18. A tee shot on 17 landed him in the bunker 147-yards away from the pin. A beautiful approach shot over the water placed him 12'11" in position to convert the birdie putt. He finished the fourth round with three birdies (3, 13, 17) and two bogeys (1, 4) for the day.
Cauley's fourth visit to the Travelers Championship was his best, supplanting the tie for 24th in 2011 (269 – 68, 67, 69, 65). He missed the cut in 2012 and 2013. The 11th place tie this weekend equaled his PGA TOUR season's top finish which was the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April. So far he has entered 14 events, making the cut six times, missing seven and withdrawing once.
John Garcia Jr. contributed to this feature.