Bubba Watson just rolled in a 38-footer from the fringe at the 18th hole to polish off a 64 that gave him a two-stroke lead over Kenny Perry.
Perry, playing two groups ahead on the opposite nine, had a bogey-free 66 while Chad Campbell finished with a 67 that also featured no shots dropped to par.
Bubba Watson has just made his fourth straight birdie, and he continues to separate himself from the pack during the first round.
The run began at the 11th hole where Watson sank a 15-foot putt. He then added a 12-footer at No. 12, a 4-footer at No. 13 and 13-footer at the 14th hole.
Watson is 6 under now, and he’s three strokes ahead of his nearest challenger, Chad Campbell.
Chad Campbell and Bubba Watson have yet to make a bogey, through 14 and 11 holes, respectively, and find themselves setting the first-round pace at 3 under.
The big-hitting Watson is playing in his first Bridgestone Invitational, but you had to think the South Course at Firestone, which plays to 7,360 yards would be right down his alley. He got things going with a 17-footer for birdie at the first hole, then added another from 12 feet at No. 5 and has just rolled in a 15-footer at the 11th.
Campbell, on the other hand, is playing in his seventh Bridgestone Invitational. He tied for 14th in 2008 and shared 11th last year. He made a 2-footer for birdie at the 11th hole and a 12-footer at No. 17 before two-putting the par-5 second from 26 feet.
Watson picked up his first PGA TOUR victory earlier this year while Campbell, a four-time champion, is looking for his first since 2007. – Helen Ross
Hey, it could happen. Chad Campbell, teeing off on the back nine, has birdied five of his first six holes to get into the top 10 at 12 under.
How far ahead is 54-hole leader Steve Stricker? Campbell, even with his torrid start Sunday, is still 13 shots back.
It’s moving day at the Travelers Championship and that’s just what J.J. Henry did – move up the leaderboard. Henry, who won this tournament in 2006, shot a 6-under 64 to climb into a tie for seventh. The bad news is, he probably won’t be that high on the leaderboard by the time the day is over. Still, it leaves the Connecticut native in good shape with one round to play.
Henry has played progressively better this week, opening with a 71 before a 67 on Friday and the seven-birdie, one bogey-effort Saturday. The biggest difference? Henry finally got his putter rolling, taking 27 putts (he took 31 and 32 the last two rounds).
Other players going low Saturday morning: Retief Goosen and Chad Campbell (both 5 under through 14 holes), and Shaun Micheel (4 under through 12). -- Brian Wacker
Jason Bohn is working on what could be a career low – and maybe a course record -- at Colonial Thursday. He's played his first 13 holes in 7 under and owns sole possession of the lead.
Bohn set the tone for his round early with a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole. His other birdie putts have come from 20, 15, 18, 6, 4 and 13 feet.
The course record at Colonial is a 61 shot by six players -- Keith Clearwater (1993), Lee Janzen (1993), Greg Kraft (1999), Kenny Perry (2003), Justin Leonard (2003) and Chad Campbell (2004).
Bohn, who won his second TOUR event earlier this year, has a solid record at Colonial. He's played in the Crowne Plaza Invitational four times previously and twice has finished among the top 25. He's never missed a cut and has nine rounds in the 60s, including a 65 in the second round last year.