Bubba Watson's affinity for TPC River Highlands is alive and well.
Watson earned his first career victory at the Travelers Championship back in 2010, and he has a pair of top-five finishes since. Watson is again in the mix this week in Connecticut after carding an 8-under 62 in the opening round to build a two-shot lead.
Watson carded nine birdies, including five circles over his final seven holes. The southpaw found 14 of 18 greens in regulation, dropped his lone shot at the par-3 16th and needed just 24 putts to complete his round.
Watson missed the cut last week at the U.S. Open, but he wasn't exactly dwelling on the setback once he found his way to what has become one of his most preferred venues.
"Last week I played really nicely, just the ball bounces one way or the ball bounces the other way," Watson said Tuesday. "Mine chose to bounce the other way."
Watson's ball was bouncing correctly Thursday at TPC River Highlands, as he ended his round with four birdies across his five holes, including a near hole-out on the home hole. Watson's approach from 139 yards landed only 4 inches away from the cup, leading to a tap-in birdie that left him two shots clear of a group that included fellow major winner Keegan Bradley.
Watson won earlier this season in China and finished T-2 in Phoenix, but he hasn't recorded a top-10 result since finishing third at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.