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Bubba Watson likes shorter, puttable course at Travelers Championship

Bubba Watson likes shorter, puttable course at Travelers Championship
Bubba Watson acknowledges the cheers from the gallery after sinking a putt on the seventh green during the second round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., on Friday. (Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

After struggling with a troublesome U.S. Open at Chambers Bay -- and missing the cut -- Bubba Watson has been more than happy to return to a kinder, gentler setting.

Watson shot a 3-under-67 on Friday to maintain his lead in the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut. His 11-under for two rounds put him three strokes ahead of Scott Brown.

"Around here you can make birdies," Watson said after an opening-round 62. "You have perfect greens."

Putting was an issue at the Open, where numerous golfers complained about conditions.

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Watson earned his first PGA Tour victory at TPC River Highlands in 2010 and -- with his natural distance -- has continued to play well on the par-70 track in the years since.

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"Pretty good golf course for me," he said.

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