Bubba steps into co-lead after 65 at Barclays

Bubba Watson (Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Bubba Watson
(Photo by Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

First Round — PGA Tour — FedEx Cup Playoffs — The Barclays — Plainfield Country Club — Plainfield, New Jersey —

Bubba Watson is part of a four-player cluster at the top of The Barclays leader board.

Bubba was the first to post 5-under-65 at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey to open the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Watson was 7-under at one point before two late bogeys.

Opening in third place in the FedEx Cup Standings, Bubba is now positioned to make a move for the title and into the outright lead as part of the four-tournament cup series. Bubba is tied with rookie Tony Finau, Camilo Villegas and Spencer Levin.

A host of players are a shot back at 4-under including Paul Casey, who was T-3 last FECupPlayoffs_Prf_6c_Pos [Converted]week at the Wyndham, Danny Lee (10th in the standings) and former PGA champion Jason Dufner.

The biggest surprises of the round belonged to No. 1 ranked Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and defending champion Hunter Mahan.

Spieth logged a forgettable back-nine posting a 40 en route to shooting 74, while Rose posted 77 and Mahan struggled to a 78.

A host of high-profile players are 2-under and T-18 heading into Friday’s second round including Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, former FedEx Cup champs Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson and PLAYERS champion Rickie Fowler.

Bubba, who is 4th in the world rankings, opened the week as a 25-to-1 betting pick at Finau was 80-1 at the book, while Villegas was listed at 150-1 and Levin was better than a 200-1 pick.

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