CROMWELL, Connecticut – Three-time Vacationers Champion Bubba Watson took 3 punches in opposition to Kramer Hickok on the ultimate two holes and shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday at TPC River Highlands to tie for the lead with the minor league tour common at 10 beneath par.
Hickock, who has by no means gained the PGA Tour, was 12 beneath – 2 strokes from Jason Day and three from Watson – in seventeenth place earlier than flying the inexperienced and lacking a 10-foot par putt. He was nonetheless one stroke from the ultimate pairing earlier than placing from 8 toes to # 18 thrice to complete on a 68 and fall again right into a tie.
“I have been within the race earlier than,” stated Hickok, who gained the Korn Ferry Tour and the Canadian Mackenzie Tour. “I do know these nerves will probably be there. It is nearly hugging these nerves, not attempting to struggle them. I assumed I used to be much more nervous than I’m. “
Watson knocked down No. 17 with a birdie to 10 after which missed a 5 foot birdie putt on No. 18. Day, the in a single day chief, putted 22 toes previous the opening to finish on a bogey at 70 and minus 9 , tied third place with Cameron Smith (66) and Russell Henley (68).
Three gamers had been yet another blow again.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson, who birdy the final two holes on Friday to chop the quantity, shot 65 and climbed to ninth place with minus 7. The previous #1 on the earth reached the clubhouse simply 2 strokes from Day’s 36-hole lead.
“To do the final two birdies yesterday to make the reduce, which I undoubtedly wished to be right here for the weekend, and naturally to exit right now and get a pleasant rating, that was good,” he stated. “So I really feel prefer it’s recreation over.”
Johnson shot 61 on Saturday final 12 months and moved from a draw to twentieth to second place, 2 pictures behind main Brendon Todd. His victory was his first in 490 days; a win on Sunday would give him his first win of 2021.
Watson gained the match in 2010, ’15 and ’18.