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Bubba Watson Tied for Lead at Zurich Classic – SportsUntapped.com
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Added April 29th, 2011 by Chalk

Bubba Watson Tied for Lead at Zurich Classic
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American Bubba Watson shot a 6-under 66 during the first round of the Zurich Classic in New Orleans to share the lead with Australian Matt Jones. Bubba would have been alone atop the leaderboard but Jones finished his round with a 57-foot chip in for birdie. David Duval and Sweden’s Carl Pettersson were among six golfers tied for third, one shot back of the leaders.

Bubba felt a little rusty in his first tournament since The Masters three weeks ago, and he started slowly with a bogey. He said he felt his groove coming back on the second hole, when he made birdie despite putting his tee shot into a fairway bunker. “It got me fired up,” Bubba said of his recovery on the second hole. The highlight of his round though was an eagle on No. 11, thanks to a 343-foot drive and a 32-foot putt.

Bubba also added that he was only playing this event because his mother always comes and asked him to play it.

World No. 3 Luke Donald was two shots back after a bogey-free round of 68. Depending on how World No. 1 Lee Westwood does in Korea, Donald could potentially move up to No. 1 with a top two finish in New Orleans.

Steve Stricker was at 2-under 70, four shots off the lead. Graeme McDowell continues to struggle, spoiling his five birdies with three double bogeys to post a first round 73.

 
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