EDISON, N.J. – On a tour known for deliberate play Bubba Watson is far from habitually slow.
Watson said he received the bad time for taking a little over a minute to hit his third shot on the par-5 16th hole when he was allotted 40 seconds to play the shot.
“I told them, ‘I'm not mad at anybody about the bad timing.’ I went over the time, which is the right ruling,” Watson said. “It's just on a hole like that, on one of the toughest holes we've ever played it's very difficult. I mean, we had to wait a couple holes later on the group on 18.”
Although Watson made a par on the 16th hole, and a bogey at No. 17, he was otherwise solid on a windy day at Plainfield Country Club, following his first-round 65 with a 68 on Friday for a one-stroke lead.
According to the Tour’s pace-of-play policy, there is no penalty the first time a player exceeds the allotted time.