Watson falls into share of Travelers lead

Updated: June 22, 2013


Bubba Watson bogeyed three of the last six
holes on Saturday to fall back into a share of the lead after three rounds of
the Travelers Championship.

Watson posted an even-par 70 to end three rounds at 10-under-par 200. He was
joined there by Graham DeLaet, who fired a 5-under 65, and Charley Hoffman,
who carded a 4-under 66 in round three.

Chris Stroud shot 4-under 66 at TPC River Highlands and jumped into a share of
fourth with Nick O’Hern at minus-9. O’Hern carded a 2-under 68 on Saturday.

Ken Duke carded a 65 in round three and is alone in sixth at 8-under 202.

Watson kicked in a short birdie putt at the second and made it two in a row as
he holed a birdie effort from off the green at the third. He extended his lead
with a 2-putt birdie at the par-5 sixth.

The 2012 Masters champion parred his next six holes before falling back to the
field. He found rough off the tee at the par-5 13th and that led to a bogey,
which dropped him to 12-under.

Watson drove within 15 yards of the 15th green, but needed two chips to reach
the putting surface, then he 2-putted from just inside eight feet to drop
another stroke.

The four-time PGA Tour winner went bunker to bunker on the 17th. He blasted to
18 feet, then 2-putted for bogey from the fringe to slide into a share of the
lead. Watson parred the last to finish alongside DeLaet and Hoffman.

“I hit some shots today that were really good, some quality shots. Got a
couple bad breaks here and there, but that’s golf,” Watson said. “At the end
of the day, I still have a chance on Sunday, and that’s what we’re always
looking for on the week that we’re playing.”

DeLaet birdied the second from inside two feet before running off seven
straight pars from the third. He caught fire around the turn.

The Canadian drained a 14-footer for birdie at 10 and followed with a 7-foot
birdie effort at the 11th. DeLaet converted an 8-footer for birdie at 12 and
he made it four in a row with 4-foot birdie putt at No. 13.

DeLaet 3-putted for bogey at 16, but closed with a birdie from off the green
at the last to post a 10-under.

Hoffman, who shared second here last year with Watson, birdied the first from
eight feet out. Birdies at the fourth and sixth moved him to minus-9.

At the 10th, Hoffman drained a 4-foot birdie putt. He gave that stroke back
when he 3-putted the 12th. The 36-year-old atoned for that mistake with a tap-
in birdie at No. 14. Hoffman parred the last four holes to share the lead.

U.S. Open champion Just Rose carded his second straight 68 to end three rounds
tied for seventh at 7-under 203.

NOTES: Watson will go for his fifth tour win on Sunday, while Hoffman is going
for win No. 3 and DeLaet is seeking his first tour victory … Hoffman is 0-1
when holding at least a piece of the 54-hole lead, while Watson has converted
one of five previous 54-hole leads into victory … Defending champion Marc
Leishman shot 68 in round three and shares 14th at minus-6 … There was a
second cut with the field being trimmed to 74 players. Ben Crane and Stewart
Cink were among the nine players cut from the final round.