Bubba Watson was cruising along nicely in the third round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. He was three under par halfway through his back nine and was closing in on holding the lead by himself heading into the final round. Then he hit a bit of a rough patch. He played the final six holes three over par. Despite the shaky finish, Watson is still in a three-way tie for the lead going into Sunday.
Starting the second round with a two shot lead certainly helped put Watson in the position he’s in after 54 holes, even though he lost ground to Graham DeLaet and Charley Hoffman, who are tied with him for the lead. His style is certainly exciting but it doesn’t always prove beneficial for Watson. He is often erratic off of the tee, forcing creative shots that can end up really good or really bad. When things aren’t going well it’s fairly evident.
The easiest hole this week is the 15th – a 296 yard par four. Watson bogeyed that hole today despite driving the ball a mere 50 feet from the pin. He tried to putt from the fringe but didn’t even make it onto the green. He then chipped onto the green and two-putted. That has got to stick with a player, especially one with Watson’s ability.
Sunday is shaping up to be yet another final round that comes down to the wire. If Watson manages to hang around the lead, I have a sneaking suspicion that there are going to be one or two somewhat unconventional shots that he will need to pull off in order to keep himself in contention.