I've been watching Fredrik Jacobson all year. Even followed him around at a tour event or two. He has been in the mix, close to winning for a few weeks now. This past weekend at the Traveler's Championship the 36 year old Swede finally broke through for his first PGA Tour win. Jacobson joins a large and growing group of 1st time winners on tour this year.
This win was for his 5 year old daughter, who on a weekly basis asks her dad if he finally won a trophy. Jacobson promised his daughter that he would win a trophy this year, and finally was able to keep his promise.
"It's been haunting me. I've been on the board, I've been asked so many times from the kids, 'Did you get a trophy this week daddy? Did you get a trophy this week?' Nope, no trophy. So, I'm excited about that. I'm glad I'm not breaking that promise for her." ~Fredrik Jacobson
As I've mentioned many times now, a first win is huge on tour. It guarantees a spot in the season opener in Hawaii the first week in January as well as trips to majors and large jumps in money and FedEx Cup point standings.
Being the week after the U.S. Open, a few big name players take the week off, so the field in this event is more wide open. That said, surprisingly some of the bigger names in the field missed the cut like Anthony Kim, Jim Furyk, Lucas Glover and Geoff Ogilvy.
This past week's Traveler's doesn't shake up the FedEx Cup standings or the world rankings much.