Fred Beckham Associated Press Bubba Watson surveys a putt on the ninth green during the second round of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. Watson's last victory came in the 2012 Masters.

Bubba continues his Travelers success

Published: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013 - 8:36 am

CROMWELL, Conn. – Although Bubba Watson will always have a soft spot in his heart for Augusta National, he enjoys playing TPC at River Highlands nearly as much.

Watson shot a 3-under-par 67 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington after two rounds of the Travelers Championship.

"I love this place. I always play well here," Watson said.

The 2010 Travelers champion was at 10-under 130. Reed and Harrington were at 8 under after both shot 66s in the second round. Four players, including 2007 champion Hunter Mahan, were tied for fourth at 7 under.

Charley Hoffman, who held the first-round lead after a 61 on Thursday, followed that with a 73 in a round that included three bogeys and a double bogey.

One week after winning the U.S. Open at Merion, Justin Rose was tied for 12th at 5 under.

Watson, whose last victory came in the 2012 Masters, has played well in this event often.

He has finished in the top 15 four times in six previous starts, including that win in 2010 – his first on the PGA Tour – and a second-place finish last year.

"The tee shots set up well for me. I like the way they look," Watson said. "There's about two tee shots on the whole course that are really tough for me. Other than that, the course sets up well for me."

With two top-10 finishes and six top 25s this season, Watson is 57th in FedExCup points. He tied for 32nd in last week's U.S. Open.

"It's funny. Last year if I don't hit the hook shot and I don't win, I don't have a win all year, even though it was my best year on tour," Watson said, referring to his sweeping left-to-right recovery shot from the trees in his playoff win at Augusta. "I'm looking to be more consistent. I had a lot more top 25s over the last few years, a lot less cuts."

LPGA Tour in Rogers, Ark. – Mika Miyazato made the most of her return to the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship.

Miyazato birdied six of 10 holes in the middle of her round to shoot a 6-under 65 and earn the first-round lead at Pinnacle Country Club.

Miyazato finished in a tie for second at the event last year, missing a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish a stroke back of winner Ai Miyazato.

Mika Miyazato hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation to finish a shot ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford at 5 under. Ten golfers are two shots back at 4 under, including local favorite Stacy Lewis, who played collegiately at nearby Arkansas.

World No. 1 Inbee Park is four shots off the lead after shooting a 2-under 69.

Champions Tour in Glenview, Ill. – Craig Stadler birdied five of his first 11 holes to jump into a share of the lead with Duffy Waldorf and Bernhard Langer at 5-under 67 in the rain-delayed Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club.

There were 23 players left on the course when play in the 54-hole tournament was suspended by darkness. Stadler, who didn't start until after a 3-hour, 28-minute delay for severe weather, was in the next-to-last group to finish.

The players with holes remaining will do so this morning before the second round begins.

The fourth of Stadler's five birdies was his best. His 7-iron from a divot in the middle of the fairway stopped a foot from the cup.

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