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Bubba, Zach dueling at Travelers Championship

Second Round Update — PGA Tour — Travelers Championship — TPC River Highlands — Cromwell, Connecticut — 

Following his opening-round 62 Thursday at TPC River Highlands, Bubba Watson continues to lead the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

The top-ranked player in the field at No. 5, Watson 1-under through 11 holes on his second round to reach 9-under overall and holds a two-shot advantage over Zach Johnson. Watson is looking for his first victory of 2015. His last triumph was the 2014 Masters.

Keegan Bradley, Seung-Yul Noh and Brian Stuard are part of a group at 6-under and have yet to tee off in Friday’s round.

Watson, the pre-tournament betting favorite at 14-to-1 odds at www.skybet.com, won this title in 201o.

Several players coming from the Pacific Northwest from the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay were slow out of the gate on Thursday including Louis Oosthuizen, who was nine shots back after shooting 71. Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Branden Grace and Billy Horschel all opened with 3-under rounds for a T-27 start.

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