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June 21 2013

12:30 PM

Watson grabs early lead at Travelers

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Statistically, Bubba Watson is having a better season this year than last. The only difference: A hook shot from the pine straw and a Green Jacket.

Perhaps the Travelers Championship, where Watson recorded his first career victory three years ago, is where all that will change.

Watson shot a 67 Friday to get to 10 under and the early lead at TPC River Highlands, where he's looking for his first win since last year's Masters.

He's had three top 10s this season, but hasn't contended much if at all since early in the year.

"Golf's that way," Watson said, explaining the fine line between winning and just another top-25 finish. "You can watch somebody play well, have a three‑putt, have a bad divot, just stops their momentum on a golf tournament."

Watson has had plenty of momentum through the first two rounds here.

So far, he's made 11 birdies, an eagle and just three bogeys through his first 36 holes. He's also hit 79 percent of his fairways and 81 percent of his greens.

TPC River Highlands also seems to suit Watson's game -- last year, he shot a pair of 65s on the weekend and finished second.

"The golf course has generous fairways, and you're having short irons into a lot of the holes," Watson said. "And it's playable from the rough, unlike last week, not really playable."

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