March 10 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DORAL, Fla. -- For a guy who earlier in the week said he doesn’t much like TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Bubba Watson sure isn’t playing like it.
Watson will take a three-shot lead over Keegan Bradley to the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, where he shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to move to 17 under overall.
A three-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Watson has been consistent all year with five finishes inside the top 20, including a tie for fifth last month at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
At one point Saturday, Watson saw his lead cut to just one as Rory McIlroy raced up the leaderboard, going out in 30. But Watson didn’t waste any time getting his round going, making eagle at the par-5 first and a birdie on the second hole.
In all, Watson made six birdies, an eagle and three bogeys after hitting 14 greens for a second straight day. For the week, Watson leads the field in driving distance and greens in regulation.
As consistent as Watson has been this season, Bradley has been just as good if not more so.
Bradley has just one finish outside the top 20 and last month lost in a playoff at Riviera.
Over his last two rounds here, Bradley has made 11 birdies and zero bogeys.
He’s also second in the field in putting with just 75 putts through three rounds, including only 24 on Saturday.
Watson and Bradley have plenty of company on the leaderboard, however.
There are 12 players within eight shots of the lead, including McIlroy and Tiger Woods, who shot a 4-under 68 Saturday. This season there have been winners to come back from deficits of seven (Brandt Snedeker/Farmers Insurance Open), eight (Kyle Stanley/Waste Management Phoenix Open), six (Phil Mickelson/AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) and seven (John Huh/Mayakoba Golf Classic).