Wat­son ( 66) leads Se­nior Open

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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.

Trav­el­ers

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.”

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