Argentine Sebastian Saavedra survived an exhausting 12-hole playoff at a Monday Qualifier to earn a spot in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. This will be the 28-year-old’s first start on the PGA TOUR. He has played three seasons on NEC Series PGA TOUR Latinoamérica with six top-10 finishes.
"I'm happy, this is a unique experience and Monday was entertaining. Luckily I did not feel pressure,” he said. “There were four for one place and at the first hole one was eliminated, then on the fourth hole another American scored a bogey and was out. From then on we made pars until the 12th hole, where I hit my second shot to ten feet for birdie and holed it.”
The Argentine shot 68 to make the playoff, and then was 4-under over the 12 holes.
Saavedra got his first look at TPC River Highlands during a Tuesday practice and was enjoying his first PGA TOUR experience.
"We're not used to this level of care. When you get to the club, in the locker room or in the players lounge, everything is perfect. In the practice area all the players were very friendly. I talked for a while with Dustin Johnson,” he said. "The course is perfect. I'm playing well, I hope to keep it up and have a good week."
Saavedra had his girlfriend, Laura, as his caddie on Monday. “I told a friend from Argentina to come take my bag, but now I’m wondering,” he said, acknowledging other PGA TOUR professionals who have had good results with their significant others on the bag, like Patrick Reed who won last year with his wife as caddie.
“It could be an omen,” he said.