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The Tour Report

June 23 2013

9:35 PM

Bubba sunk by water ball on 16th

Bubba Watson made triple-bogey 6 on the 16th hole on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.
(Wickerham/Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- Leading the Travelers Championship and with another victory in reach at TPC River Highlands, Bubba Watson's chances unraveled when he hit his tee shot into the water on the 178-yard par-3 16th on Sunday.

He would go on to triple bogey the hole and finish at 10 under, two shots out of a playoff with Ken Duke and Chris Stroud.

After he hit his tee shot on the 16th, Watson yelled, "Oh, gust of wind. Go, go! Water. It's in the water."

Watson could be overheard discussing the dissatisfaction of his shot with caddie Ted Scott while playing out the hole. After hitting his third shot over the green from the drop zone, Watson asked Scott, "So you're telling me that's the right yardage?"

Afterward, Scott took full responsibility for the tee shot, saying Watson wanted to hit 8-iron initially but that he convinced him it was a 9-iron.

"I convinced him to hit the wrong club," Scott said. "I 100 percent take responsibility for it. It's totally my fault. I got in the way of the painter on that one."

For his part, Watson defended Scott and said of the exchange they were simply trying to figure out what went wrong.

"Did we do the yardage wrong, was it a gust of wind? We were just trying to figure out what was going on," Watson said . "We planned to do one thing and it didn't do it. We mis-clubbed is all."

Watson went on to shoot his second straight 70 and finished in fourth alone. It was his second top 10 in a stroke play event on the PGA TOUR this season.