Bubba Watson did not pull away from the field at the Travelers Championship, as I hopefully reported yesterday. Instead he fell to a round of even par 70, after starting with three birdies on the front nine, and gave them up with three bogey’s on the inward nine to record an even par round, and stay at -10 under par for the championship.
Graham DeLaet, Bubba Watson and Charlie Hoffman / Getty Images
While Bubba stood still, Graham DeLaet and Charlie Hoffman moved up. Graham with a -5 under par 65, and Charlie with his -4 under par 66, both of them caught Bubba at the top on -10 under par.
Bubba carded three bogeys in his last six holes, while Graham had the low score of the day at -5 under par. Bubba was pretty philosophical about today’s round;
“I hit some shots today that were really good, quality shots. I got a couple bad breaks here and there, but that’s golf. At the end of the day I still have a chance on Sunday and that’s what we’re always looking for. I think we’ve never seen the golf course like this, as firm as it is and as firm as some of the greens are. It’s hard to get to certain points, so a lot of people probably played it safe.”
Graham has pledged to donate $1,000 for every birdie he makes this weekend and $2,500 for every eagle to help the relief efforts for the heavy rain and flooding in Alberta, Canada;
” It’s a pretty small part, what we’re doing, but anything helps, there’s a lot of help from everyone all across Canada. I did play well pretty much all day. I had a lot of good birdie chances on the front nine, just couldn’t really seem to find the hole. Julien my caddie, just told me to stay patient.”
Charley, who lost his chance at winning last year’s Travelers Championship on the 71st hole, with a tee shot into the water, said;
” Obviously if I get on 17 tee in the lead, I’d be lying to say I’m not going to think about that tee shot. But I’m a much more mature, better player than I was a year ago and don’t feel uncomfortable on that tee shot. I got off to a pretty quick start and then birdied ten, thought I was going to get going again. And then a little three-putt bogey on twelve sort of slowed things down.”
Tied in fourth spot are Chris Stroud who had a third round -4 under par 66, and Nick O’Hern with his -2 under par 68. Both players are on -9 under par for the tournament.
There are seven players at a log jam in seventh place at -7 under par, they include the U.S. Open Champion, Justin Rose who carded a -2 under par 68 to add to his total.
This could be anybody’s title, how amazing would it be for Justin Rose to triumph again, just one week after his first Major win.