Watson, DeLaet, Hoffman share PGA Travelers lead

CROMWELL, Connecticut: Bubba Watson, winless since taking last year’s Masters, struggled to a level par 70 Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to fall into a three-way tie for the lead at the $6.1 million US PGA Travelers Championship.

Watson, the 2010 Travelers champion and last year’s runner-up, finished 54 holes on 10-under par 200 to stand level with Canada’s Graham DeLaet, who fired the day’s low round of 65, and fellow American Charley Hoffman, who shot a 66.

“I hit some shots that were really good, some quality shots. I got a couple bad breaks too, but that’s golf,” Watson said. “I still have a shot on Sunday and that’s what we’re looking for when we’re playing.”

Australian Nick O’Hern and American Chris Stroud were one stroke off the pace with American Ken Duke on 202 and seven others, including new US Open champion Justin Rose of England, on 203.

Watson started strong, dropping a 93-yard approach shot inches from the cup for a birdie at the second hole and sinking a 32-foot putt from just off the green for a birdie at the third. He added another birdie at the par-5 sixth.

But Watson struggled on the back nine with bogeys at the par-5 13th and par-4 15th.

At the par-4 17th, Watson was bothered on the tee by spectator conversation and found a bunker. His second shot hooked just over a water hazard, hit a rake and landed in a greenside bunker. His third shot was just off the green and he came up short on an 18-foot par putt.

Asked how he would handle squandering sole possession of the lead, Watson said: “I take it with pleasure. I’ve got a chance to win.”

DeLaet birdied the par-4 second and began the back nine with four birdies in a row, the last at the par-5 13th after dropping his approach six feet from the pin. DeLaet also answered a bogey at the par-3 16th by closing with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th.

Hoffman opened the front and back nine with birdies and added others at the fourth, sixth and 14th holes. His lone bogey came at the par-4 12th.

Read more :
  • PH to see action in Rugby World Cup 7
    The Volcanoes, under American coach Al Caravelli, are set to compete in the 2013 Rugby World Cup Seven slated on June 28 to 30. Caravelli told reporters during a press conference in Pasay ...
  • Blissful marriage of love and tennis for China’s Li
    MELBOURNE - Silencing the voices of doubt that plague Li Na's mind has been mission impossible at times for coaches and her stoic husband Jiang Shan, but the 30-year-old Chinese appears to ...
  • EPL: Manchester United edge Reading to move closer to title
    Wayne Rooney scored the only goal as Manchester United beat Reading 1-0 on Saturday to open up a 15-point lead in the Premier League and move closer to a 20th English title. Manchester Cit...
  • NCAA Season 89 unfolds
    San Beda College commences its campaign for a fourth straight title with a bout against host Saint Benilde College while title contenders San Sebastian College-Recoletos Stags and Letran Kn...
  • Barcelona need to maintain aggression: Jordi Alba
    Barcelona must try to maintain the level of performance that they showed in dismantling AC Milan 4-0 for the rest of the season, defender Jordi Alba said on Friday. Alba rounded off a wond...
  • Deafness no problem for rising star Lee
    MELBOURNE - Korean youngster Lee Duck-hee dreams of life at the top of the tennis world. It is a dream shared by elite junior players the world over, but what makes Lee different is that he...
  • Dungo takes indefinite leave
    PHILIPPINE Volleyball Federation (PVF) President Generoso Dungo has formally filed an indefinite leave to primarily concentrate on his business and other personal interests. PVF Secretary-...
  • Kaka vows to earn Brazil World Cup berth
    Kaka has vowed to do "everything he can" to regain his place as a regular starter in Brazil's national football team ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup. The 2007 FIFA world player of the ...