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June 21 2012

11:30 PM

Major champions feed off each other

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Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson had plenty to talk about Thursday at TPC River Highlands.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Webb Simpson, Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley had plenty to talk about Thursday at TPC River Highlands -- like what it’s like to own golf’s last three major trophies.

“We were just having fun and feeding off each other,” said Simpson, who joined Watson and Bradley as a major champion with his victory Sunday at the U.S. Open. “It took a lot of pressure off me because I'm not the only stand-out guy in the group. Keegan winning a major and Bubba winning the Masters, so I think it did relieve a little stress, and I played with those guys so much that we had a good time.”

Indeed.

Simpson and Bradley have played together seven times on the PGA TOUR this season, and Simpson was paired with Watson four times in last year’s Presidents Cup (and four times this season).

“We were joking around and goofing around and then making some birdies here and there,” Watson said. “It was a fun day.”

It helped they all played well, too.

Watson and Simpson each shot 66, while Bradley carded a 68 ( click here to replay their rounds ).

They all got off to a fast start, too, with Watson birdieing each of the first two holes and Bradley and Simpson each adding a birdie as well.

The best shot from the group, however, came on the par-4 10th hole, where Watson holed out for eagle with a sand wedge from 137 yards in the left rough.

“It bounced right and somehow it trickled in the hole,” Watson said.

Plenty of other shots for the group did, too. In all, they combined for a dozen birdies.

Simpson also got his share of advice from Watson and Bradley on how to handle the aftermath of winning a major.

“The beauty of those guys is we're all similar age and we're all competitors and we love hanging out,” Simpson said. “But we love trying to beat each other. It's just a fun atmosphere to be in.”

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