CROMWELL, June 26 – Two-time Master’s champion Bubba Watson backed up his opening round 62 with a 67 Friday at the Travelers’ Championships to retain the lead after two rounds. Watson had three birdies and no bogeys and takes a two-shot lead (11 under) into the final two rounds. Carl Pettersson, Brian Stuard and Brian Harman are tied for second at 9 under while Jason Gore, Scott Stroud and Jason Gore are at 8 under.
(On Thursday), the wind was favorable and good scoring. (On Friday), tougher pins and more wind, so it makes it tougher to get the ball close,” Watson said. “Some of the holes were playing a little bit longer because of the wind. The wind was in a different direction. So it just made the golf course a little bit tougher. But obviously when you’re playing good, you’re thinking, well, you can still score.”
Watson heard the fans at the TPC River Highlanders, too. He won his first PGA event here in 2010. “I noticed it when I make the putt because people are cheering and stuff,” he said. “I mean that’s why we play golf for is to make the fans happy and show them shots that they’ve never seen before and they wish they could do. They’ve been cheering me on every year I’ve been here. And after winning here, they’ve supported me even more. It’s always fun when the big crowds are out there.”
The Travelers makes no secret that all of their proceeds from the tournament go to area charities. It’s on banners surrounding the course. Amanda Balionis talks with Travelers executive vice president Andy Bessette about all of the positive influences the tournament brings to the greater Hartford area and the state of Connecticut.