(CROMWELL, Conn.) — On Sunday, Ken Duke had a day he’ll never forget after winning the Travelers Championship for his first ever PGA Tour victory.
To seal the win, Duke had to make a 2 1/2 foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat Chris Stroud. Stroud had chipped in from 51 feet on the 18th hole for force the playoff.
Duke was the 144th ranked pro in the world and was making his 187th start on the PGA Tour. He joined the tour back in 1994.
“You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do,” Duke said. “That’s why these guys at the top are winning week in, week out because they believe they can do it. It’s kind of one of those things once you finally do it it might come easier the next time. That’s kind of the way I feel.”
Duke is now the sixth golfer in thE last eight years to get his first PGA Tour victory here. The others were J.J. Henry (2006), Hunter Mahan (2007), Bubba Waston (2010), Fredrik Jacobsen (2011), and Marc Leishman last year.
The 31-year-old Stroud made his PGA Tour debut 10 years after Duke’s.
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Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com