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Jacobson's vacation might take detour

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Fredrik Jacobson planned to return to his native Sweden for most of July to spend time with his kids. That family time might now be on hold, which was news to him.

After shooting a final-round 66 on Sunday, Jacobson claimed the Travelers Championship, likely earning him a spot in the British Open.

The reason for the possible change in plans? His victory at TPC River Highlands put him atop a mini-money list that could earn him a berth at Royal St. George's.

The rules are so convoluted about gaining entry into the year's third major -- and most majors for that matter -- that even Jacobson didn't know.

After his win, Jacobson said he was taking three weeks off after the AT&T National next week, which would include missing the British Open. When asked later about skipping the tournament southeast of London, he looked perplexed.

"Does this [win] get me into the British?" he asked.

By virtue of the mini-money list, Jacobson could earn one of two exemptions into the British Open on July 14-17. The list started at the Players Championship and runs through next week's AT&T National.

He's currently first with $1,260,264. The top two players not already in the field will earn spots in the game's oldest major.

Jacobson is the eighth first-time PGA Tour winner this year and accomplished the feat by committing the fewest mistakes. Making 21 birdies over four rounds helped, too.

A par on the 18th was all he needed after Ryan Moore bogeyed the home hole to finish a shot shy of a playoff. John Rollins, who carded a 63 on Sunday, tied Moore for second.

Jacobson's lone blemish of the tournament came at the 10th hole Sunday when he failed to get up and down from right of the green on the par-4. He was attempting to become the first player to win a 72-hole tournament bogey-free since Lee Trevino at the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open.

The usually boisterous Jacobson tried to keep his emotions in check during a final round that saw him playing in the final group of a PGA Tour event for the first time.

"I didn't want to get too excited and start hitting the ball any harder or start swinging it longer or get any of those things," said Jacobson, who earned $1.08 million for the victory. "I'm excited enough out there and I've got enough will that I thought I didn't need to pile myself up anymore."

Jacobson, 36, claimed his first win in his 188th start. He does have three worldwide victories, all coming in 2003, after which he decide to ply his trade in the U.S.

He didn't realize it would take until 2011 for that first triumph to come. Or that he would be answering questions about it from his small children.

"We were watching from the FedEx Cup, all the winners when they had the recap after the final event and everybody was just hosting trophies left and right," Jacobson said. "And I'm sitting there with my kids, and my middle one, Emmie, she goes 'Daddy, why don't you have any trophies at home.'

"Well, I got a couple in Sweden, but they're in the garage. But I told her, 'I promise you I'll get one this year for you.' And it's been haunting me."

That's one promise Jacobson doesn't have to worry about any more.

Kevin Maguire is the senior golf editor for ESPN.com. He can be reached at Kevin.Maguire@espn.com.