Mahan Wins First PGA Title In Playoff At Travelers


Sunday, June 24th 2007, 6:29 pm
By: News On 6


CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) -- Former Oklahoma State standout Hunter Mahan earned his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, winning the Travelers Championship in a playoff a year after finishing second.

Mahan hit a 2-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat 40-year-old journeyman Jay Williamson at the event in Cromwell, Connecticut.

In his fourth year on the Tour, Mahan is 25 years old. He's had just one other top-10 finish this year, tying for fifth at the Shell Houston Open in April.

His 62 on Thursday was one shot off the course record, and his 71 on Friday was his first round out of the 60s in this tournament since he shot a 72 during the third round in 2005.

He made a seven-foot birdie putt on 18 to force the playoff, then hit his 134-yard approach on the first playoff hole within 12 inches.