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Richy Werenski uses run of birdies to finish 26th at Travelers Championship

  • Richy Werenski walks to the 15th fairway with caddie Steve “Pepsi” Hale during the fourth round of the Travelers Championship, Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Richy Werenski hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the fourth round of the Travelers Championship, Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Richy Werenski putts on the first hole during the fourth round of the Travelers Championship, Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • South Hadley’s Richy Werenski tees off on the 16th hole during the fourth round of the Travelers Championship, Sunday at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. GAZETTE STAFF / KYLE GRABOWSKI

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Published: 6/24/2018 8:29:57 PM

CROMWELL, Conn. — Richy Werenski found his groove five holes into Sunday’s final round of the Travelers Championship.

After a bogey on No. 4 where he just missed a birdie, the South Hadley native sent his tee shot on the 223-yard, par-3 fifth 12 yards past the hole. Werenski sent his putt down the slope and curving right, depositing it in the cup.

“It’s nice to see one finally drop, about the only one I saw drop all week, I feel like,” Werenski said. “It helped kick start me a little bit.”

He ran off three straight birdies, finishing with six at TPC River Highlands. Werenski shot a 3-under 67 to end the tournament at minus-8 and tied for 26th.

“I should’ve been a lot lower than that. When I feel like I had a badweek and can finish top-30 that’s always a good thing,” Werenski said. “I’m taking a lot of good to the next few.”

Werenski followed his first birdie with a 288-yard tee shot on No. 6. His approach shot landed 18 feet, 8 inches from the hole.

“I felt like I was swinging it pretty good. I had some good numbers out there,” Werenski said. “Felt solid.”

He skirted an eagle by less than two feet but tapped in for birdie to get to minus-6.

On No. 7, Werenski crushed a tee shot 320 yards then hit his 132-yard approach within 3 feet of the hole. An easy birdie putt pushed him to 7 under.

“Sometimes you can kind of get on that train,” Werenski said.

Werenski parred his next three holes then lipped out a par putt on No. 11. The bogey pushed him back to minus-6. After leaving a birdie putt short on 12, he narrowly missed a 40-foot eagle on the par-5 13th, but sank the 2-foot bride putt to get back to minus-7.

Following two pars, Werenski landed in the rough on the par-3 16th. He chipped on the green then lipped out on a 10-foot putt for par.

“There’s a lot of work to be done on the greens, but as soon as I get that it could be really good,” Werenski said. “It’s a matter of some putts dropping or not.”

At that point the leaders had teed off, and large galleries were forming on the final few holes. Werenski sank a 15-foot birdie putt to get back to minus-7 amid a roar from the crowd.

“The fans out here are great, some of the best all year, really,” Werenski said. “They cheer for everybody, it’s awesome.”

He ended the tournament with back-to-back birdies. On the par-4 18th, Werenski’s 319-yard tee shot left him with a 124-yard approach. He left it within 9 feet and he kept his nerve to end the tournament at minus-8.

“There’s a lot of bogeys this week that I should not have had, but we’re close,” Werenski said.

Werenski earned $49,700 for his finish. He is 110th on the money list with just under $750,000 on the season.

With 30 points, he improved his FedExCup standing by nine places to 106. The top 125 players in the standings qualify for golf’s postseason, which begins at the Northern Trust in Paramus, New Jersey, Aug. 23. Werenski reached the playoffs last year in his rookie season. He’ll next play at the Quicken Loans National in Washington on June 28 and The Greenbrier on July 5.

“I like those courses a lot. It’s kind of similar to a northern-style golf course, suits my game better than a links style course,” Werenski said. “I like trees, I like rough. I’m looking forward to it.”




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