Bubba Watson is buoyant at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard at TPC Harding Park, letting his putter do the talking.
Bubba carded a bogey free second round -3 under par 67 to keep himself afloat at the top of the Travelers Championship leaderboard, maintaining his two shot advantage over the field. He said a red-hot putter was working well on these perfect greens. He was drug tested after the round Friday, and joked that he hoped he passed it;
“It’s just my mind right now, over the putts, I’m thinking well, these greens are perfect. These greens are running so smoothly.”
“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 course a little bit tougher.”
“I hope I passed it, it’s usually when you’re at the top of the leaderboard they want to drug test you, especially me.”
Three players are tied in second place at -9 under par, Brian Stuard, Brian Harmon and Carl Pettersson.
Brian Harmon was happy to keep Bubba in sight, he also shot a -5 under par 67 today;
“That was kind of a nice momentum-keeper going into the weekend.”
Low round of the day went to Nick Watney, he signed for a -6 under par 64, which took him into a T8 position on the leaderboard at -7 under par, in a huge group of players.
Strangest news of the tournament concerns Keegan Bradley, who has updated his Saint Vitus Dance pre-shot routine to a new absurd level. On Friday he took almost a full minute before addressing the ball with his approach shot at the par four 14th hole. There were 19 mini-practice swings, up-and-back, club-twirling dance steps before hitting his shot, in this latest rendition of his twitchy routine. Like it or not Keegan is in the group at -7 under par, so unfortunately for those of us who have to watch that routine, it does seem to work for him.
Among those missing the cut, which was made at -2 under par, was Ernie Els, defending champion Kevin Streelman, Padraig Harrington, Hunter Mahan and Louis Oosthuizen.
The Claret Jug was on display at the Travelers Championship on Friday, this was a reminder to players that four spots and as many as nine in that tournament are up for grabs this week. The leading five players, who are not already exempt from the top 20 in the FedExCup will be part of the field at St. Andrews next month contesting The Open.
Jason Gore has never played at The Open, in all the years that he has been a professional;
“I’ve been in professional golf for 18 years now and I’ve never been to Europe.”
“So that just blows my mind. It blows a lot of people’s mind. Playing at St. Andrews would be a lot of fun, but we’ve got a long way to go.”
He has a chance to qualify this week, currently T5 at -8 under par.