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The Tour Report

June 23 2012

8:30 PM

Watson in familiar spot at Travelers

Interview: Bubba Watson

Following his third-round 65, Bubba Watson reflects on his play in the 2012 Travelers Championship with Mark Carnevale from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Not everyone had to come back to finish the second round Saturday morning. Bubba Watson was in the half of the field who finished his second round Friday, which allowed him to sleep in a little later than usual, work out and otherwise go through his normal routine.

The rest certainly seemed to help.

Watson shot a 65 Saturday to get to 9 under and within four shots of the lead with one round to go at the Travelers Championship, where he’s trying to win for the second time in three years.

“For me, my first win here, announcing that my dad was about to pass away of cancer, there's up and down moments at this place,” Watson said. “But they've always treated me well.”

He’s played well, too.

Only once in his last 12 rounds at TPC River Highlands has Watson failed to break par -- he shot 71 in the second round -- and he’s already won once this year of course at the Masters.

“I'm going to have to shoot a low number, lower [Sunday] than [Saturday],” Watson said. “It will be fun.”

Two years ago, Watson shot a final-round 66 before beating Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank in a playoff.

He’ll likely need something even lower Sunday, especially if TPC River Highlands continues to play soft.

“They're going to have to slow down for me to catch them,” Watson said.