Saturday didn’t turn out quite as planned for Bubba Watson, but he’s still going to head into Sunday’s final round at the 2013 Travelers Championship in excellent shape.
Still looking for his first victory since the 2012 Masters, Watson finds himself tied for the lead at TPC River Highlands at 10-under-par for the tournament. Despite holding a share of the lead for the second straight night, Watson will not be playing in the final grouping on Sunday, instead leaving that to Graham DeLaet and Charley Hoffman, who both posted scores under par in the third round.
Watson, to his credit, isn’t letting any of that bother him, not that it should be surprising from him. ”I hit some shots today that were really good, quality shots,” said Watson in his post-round interview. “I got a couple bad breaks here and there, but that’s golf. At the end of the day I still have a chance on Sunday and that’s what we’re always looking for.”
Watson did all he could to hang on to a lead that was as big as four strokes after making three birdies in his first six holes. However, he also hit some tough luck to make three bogeys on the back nine. Notably, his drive on the par-5 13th sailed through the fairway and into the second cut of rough. Playing around a tree, Watson left the ball in the rough on his pitch-out, then was forced to play out to the short side of the green. He ended up making a bogey 6.
Still, of the three co-leaders, Watson should be in great shape to chase his second Travelers title. Through three rounds, Watson has hit just under 74 percent of his fairways and just over 72 percent of his greens in regulation. If he can convert a few more of the birdie opportunities he’s giving himself, he should be able to keep himself in the driver’s seat deep into Sunday’s final round.