Bubba Watson shot a 5-under par 67 in the third round at the WGC Cadillac Championship, on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The 54-hole leader, three shots ahead of Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose, Watson is in position to claim his first win in a World Golf Championships event. All that remains is one more solid 18 hole round from the left hander who is currently ranked #23 in the official world golf ranking (OWGR).
Watson has shot scores of 70, 62, and 67 at the TPC Blue Monster course in Doral, Florida, and is 17-under par for the tournament. He has been blasting his drives well over 300 yards and has had a lot of short wedge shots to the greens. On Saturday's front side it seemed he was playing darts, hitting his approaches within five feet of the pins. Bubba Watson started his third round with an eagle at the par-5 1st hole and added six more birdies throughout the day. The most interesting moment of the day for Watson came at the 16th hole, where his fairway bunker shot sailed over the green and landed inside one of the media towers, resulting in one of his three bogeys for the round.
In only his second year on the PGA Tour, Bradley is quickly becoming one of golf's best players. Currently #20 in the OWGR, he has already tasted victory in one of golf's four majors, having won the 2011 PGA Championship in his rookie season. One of only two players to score in the 60's all three rounds, Bradley's scorecards have read 69, 67, and 66. Saturday's round was bogey-free, with three birdies on each of the front and back nines. Keegan Bradley gained one shot on Bubba Watson in the third round. If he hopes to make up three shots in Sunday's final round, he will likely need to be bogey-free again.
Paired with Bubba Watson in each of the first three rounds, he was a co-leader after 11 holes on Saturday. Bogeys at #13 and #18 contributed to his three shot deficit at day's end. With scores of 69, 64 and 69, Rose joins Keegan Bradley as the only players to score under 70 in each round. Rose was also a contender at last week's Honda Classic, beginning the final round four shots behind, paired with Rory McIlroy who won the tournament and became golf's new world #1 player. Justin Rose finished in a tie for 5th last week and his OWGR ranking currently is #22. Victory in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, on Sunday, March 11th, would be the native South African's 4th win on the PGA Tour and his 10th career championship internationally.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years (competitively and recreationally) and considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest golfer of all time.
- Bubba Watson
- Justin Rose