Watson leads in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP)
Bubba Watson shot a 4-under 68 in shifting wind conditions Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Josh Teater after the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Watson, the Torrey Pines winner in late January, had a 10-under 134 total at TPC Louisiana.
''For me, it's daunting,'' he said. ''There were a lot of tough tee shots for me. A lot of times the water's on the left for me being left-handed. ''It's hard to overcome, but somehow I'm overcoming it right now.''
The long-hitting Watson eagled the par-5 11th — his second hole of the round — for the second time, holing a 20-footer to get to 8 under. He added a 4-foot birdie putt on 13 and a 13-footer on 14, but bogeyed the 18th when he hit his third shot over the green from a bunker. He also birdied the seventh with a 3-footer.
''You're not sure what the wind's doing on some holes,'' said Watson, who has failed to win the three previous times he has had the 36-hole lead. ''So, you're always watching and trying to see what's going on to figure out how to play the holes.''
Teater shot a 66, dropping two strokes with a double bogey on the par-5 18th.
''It was kind of on an upslope,'' Teater said about his third shot. ''And I don't know if my club just got stuck, but I was trying to hit it left of the flag and middle of the green, and it shot out right on me.''
John Rollins was 8 under after a 69. Dean Wilson matched the course record with a 64 to join John Senden (67), Jason Dufner (69), Matt Jones (71) and Webb Simpson (69) at 7 under. Simpson counted New Orleans Hornets star guard Chris Paul among his gallery.
''I played good for two days,'' Rollins said. ''I've hit the ball well and given myself a lot of opportunities. So, I've got to be very pleased with where I am and we'll see how the week works out.''
Steve Stricker (68), David Mathis (68) and Tommy Gainey (71) were 6 under.
Luke Donald topped a group at 5 under after a 71. He lost a playoff last week at Hilton Head, missing a chance to jump from No. 3 to No. 1 in the world.
Vijay Singh made the cut by a stroke, following a 74 with a 68 to get to 2 under.
David Duval, Rory Sabbatini, Hilton Head winner Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose and John Daly missed the cut. Duval opened with a 67, but doubled-bogeyed the second hole on way to a front-nine 42 and 79.