Watson sits one back in Atlanta thanks to hot putter


ATLANTA – When Bubba Watson is putting well, it usually reflects in his score.

That was the case on Thursday, as the reigning Masters champion opened two hours from Augusta at the Tour Championship with a 3-under 67, just one stroke off the lead.

“Today was nice; I made some solid putts,” he said. “Even the three‑footers - when you make three‑footers, four‑footers for par, that's a big deal.

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“I felt I hit every putt like I wanted to. Pulled one on No. 8, and then I didn't see it breaking that hard on the last hole on 18. But all the other ones I hit good putts, if they went in or if they didn't go in.”

Watson entered the week at No. 3 on the FedEx Cup points list, but remains projected in that position with 54 holes to play because the top two on the list, Chris Kirk and Billy Horschel, are currently tied for the tournament lead.