CROMWELL, Conn. (WJHG/WECP) - During the last week and a half, Florida State golf alumni have been back and better than ever on the PGA Tour.
One week removed from Brooks Koepka's return from an injured wrist to repeat at the U.S. Open and Daniel Berger's first major top 10 at the same event, Chase Seiffert made his 2018 debut on the Tour with best career finish at the Travelers Championship.
Seiffert, a graduate of Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, claims to love TPC River Highlands, and it showed in Sunday's final round.
Sporting three birdies and an eagle on the front nine, Seiffert charged from 22nd at the beginning of the final round all the way into a tie for second with Stewart Cink on the back nine.
Seiffert signed the third best scorecard of the day, a six-under 64, enough to finish in a tie for ninth with Bryson DeChambeau and Anirban Lahiri at 12 under for the tournament.
Bubba Watson erased a six shot deficit to win the Travelers Championship for the third time with a final round 63, but Seiffert's performance feels like a win.
In his first appearance on the tour since November 2017, the top 10 finish grants him automatic entry to another event beginning July 5th: the Greenbrier Classic.
"I actually signed up for the Greenbrier Monday [qualifer]. I will be getting my entry fee back now that I'm in," Seiffert told NewsChannel 7 following Sunday's round. "That was always the goal going into the week, to try to get a top 10. Just going into the round today, I was talking to David Hanson, my instructor who is caddying for me this week. We were just saying [Sunday] is my Monday qualifier for The Greenbrier. If I play well [Sunday], I can get myself in. Tried to play really aggressive and make a lot of birdies and was able to do it."
In addition to a $189,000 payout, Seiffert earns valuable FedEx cup points he can put towards a Web.com Tour and/or PGA Tour card.
The Travelers Championship has traditionally been a stronghold for Florida State alumni. Paul Azinger won the event in 1987 and 1989 under its previous moniker, the Greater Hartford Open. The late Hubert Green, who passed away Tuesday, also won in 1981, the 17th of 19 PGA wins in his career.
Seiffert flies back to Panama City Beach on Monday morning.