CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Travelers Championship.
Watson had a two-stroke lead in the event he won in 2010 for his first PGA Tour title. He has finished in the top 20 five times in eight previous starts at TPC River Highlands.
The two-time Masters champion just missed an eagle on the par-4 18th hole, hitting a 139-yard second shot that bounced into the flagstick and rolled 4 inches past the cup.
Keegan Bradley was tied for second with Jason Gore, Seung-Yul Noh, Brian Stuard and Harris English, who shot a 30 on the back nine. Eight players shot 65, and 12 more opened at 66.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Tom Watson shot 4-under 68 in cooler morning conditions to take a one-stroke lead in the U.S. Senior Open.
With the temperature soaring over 100 degrees in the afternoon, the 65-year-old Watson worked through Del Paso Country Club before the scorching heat intensified. The eight-time major champion overcame an early double bogey and had four birdies in a six-hole stretch after the turn.
Michael Allen, Lee Janzen, Jeff Hart, Jim Carter, P.H. Horgan and Woody Austin shot 67.
Defending champion Colin Montgomerie and Champions Tour stalwart Bernhard Langer, who have won six of the last seven senior majors, played in the afternoon heat. Montgomerie shot 68, and Langer 71.
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
MUNICH (AP) — Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Denmark’s Lasse Jensen and England’s Daniel Grant shared the first-round lead in the BMW International Open at 7-under 65 .
England’s Andrew Johnston opened with a 66 at Munich Eichenried. Sweden’s Henrik Stenson topped the group at 67, and Germany’s Martin Kaymer had a 72.