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June 21 2012

11:12 PM

Watson comfortable in Cromwell

Interview: Bubba Watson

Following his opening-round 66 at the 2012 Travelers Championship, Bubba Watson meets with the media and talks about his putting being key.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Two years ago, Bubba Watson recorded his first career victory at the Travelers Championship.

Now he’s trying to win it again.

Watson took a step in the right direction Thursday, shooting a 4-under 66 to get within two of the lead after the opening round.

“I didn't make any putts the last couple weeks,” said Watson, who has missed three of his last four cuts, including at last week’s U.S. Open. “I made some putts today.”

He didn’t waste any time doing so, either.

Watson rolled in an 11-footer for birdie on the first hole, then nearly drove the 331-yard second before chipping to a foot to set up another.

The reigning Masters champ, who was paired with winners of two of the last three majors, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley, added two more birdies on Nos. 7 and 9, rolling in putts from 20 and 12 feet, respectively.

On the 10th hole, Watson didn’t need his putter. He holed a wedge from 137 yards out of the rough for eagle to get to 5 under and within one of the lead.

Watson bogeyed the 16th hole in what was his only blemish on the day but was pleased with his round -- and certainly more comfortable with the course than a week ago at The Olympic Club.

“You're hitting a lot of short irons into the greens here,” Watson said. “The greens are nice size. The fairways are a nice size. It's just more comfortable for me. When it gets tight and the fairways are shaping the other way, it makes it a bit tougher for me. This one just kind of suits my eye a little bit better.”

It showed, especially in Watson’s putting. He took just 26 putts Thursday and was second in the field in putts made distance.

”Any time you get to start out hot it gets you focused on golf again, and I did,” Watson said.

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