Watson ( 66) leads Senior Open
Tom Watson took advantage of cooler morning conditions Thursday to shoot a four- under- par 66, grabbing a one- stroke lead after the opening round of the U. S. Senior Open at Sacramento.
Watson, 65, worked his way around Del Paso Country Club before the temperature soared over 100 degrees in the afternoon. The eighttime major champion overcame a double bogey early in his round and had four birdies in a six- hole stretch after the turn.
Michael Allen, Lee Jan- zen, Jeff Hart, Jim Carter, P. H. Horgan and Woody Austin shot 67.
Defending champion Colin Montgomerie and Champions Tour stalwart Bernhard Langer, who have won six of the last seven senior majors, teed off in the afternoon heat. Montgomerie shot 68, and Langer 71.
Bubba Watson hit his approach shot within inches on the f inal hole for the last of his nine birdies in an eightunder 62 in the first round of the Travelers Championship at Cromwell, Conn.
Watson had a two- stroke lead in the event he won in 2010 for his first PGA Tour title. He has finished in the top 20 f ive times in eight previous starts at TPC River Highlands.
Keegan Bradley was tied for second with Jason Gore, Seung- Yul Noh, Brian Stuard and Harris English, who shot a 30 on the back nine.
“Coming off a U. S. Open, this golf course seems like it’s gettable, and we all feel that way,” said Watson, who missed the cut at Chambers Bay. “So the guys that played in the U. S. Open maybe feel better about their game when they get here.”