How it Happened: Watson tied atop Travelers

Bubba Watson during the third round of the Travelers Championship.

Bubba Watson during the third round of the Travelers Championship.

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Low numbers returned Saturday at the Travelers Championship. But unfortunately for the players in the top two groups, red numbers didn't come their way.

Second-round leader Bubba Watson shot even-par 70 in his third round at TPC River Highlands while his playing competitor Patrick Reed carded a 73. The players in the penultimate group, Padraig Harrington and Tag Ridings, combined to shoot 3 over.

Watson enters Sunday in a three-way tie for the lead at 10 under alongside Charley Hoffman, who shot 66, and Graham DeLaet, who equaled the best score of the day with a 65.

We kept you posted on the top developments during Saturday's third round at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

See how it all unfolded:

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Update No. 19: 5:39 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson has lost his outright lead after a bogey at the par-4 17th. That's three bogeys in his last five holes. Watson is now tied for the lead with Graham DeLaet and Charley Hoffman at 10 under. The four players in the last two groups (Watson, Patrick Reed, Padraig Harrington and Tag Ridings) are a combined 8 over today.

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Update No. 18: 5:23 p.m. EDT

Charley Hoffman follows his second-round 73 with a 4-under 66 Saturday. He's now 10 under and one back of leader Bubba Watson, who just dropped another shot with a bogey at No. 15.

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Update No. 17: 4:55 p.m. EDT

Bubba's birdie barrage on the par-5s has come to an end. Watson bogeyed the par-5 13th to fall back to 12 under.

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Update No. 16: 4:37 p.m. EDT

Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington, who were both tied for second after two rounds, are struggling today. Reed is 3 over through 12 holes and has dropped to 5 under. Harrington is 2 over through 13 holes, falling back to 6 under.

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Update No. 15: 4:23 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson is bogey-free through 11 holes today. He's got three birdies, too. He leads by three shots at 13 under. Watson hasn't won since last year's Masters. He has a runner-up finish and a victory in his last three Travelers starts, though.

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Update No. 14: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Nicholas Thompson missed six straight cuts before finishing T-27 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He then was T-56 at the U.S. Open. And now he's in position to finish well this week. Thompson shot 4-under 66 Saturday to move to 7 under.

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Update No. 13: 4 p.m. EDT

With four birdies in his last five holes, Graham DeLaet has moved into solo second at 10 under. He's 5 under through 14 holes today.

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Update No. 12: 3:23 p.m. EDT

Bubba Watson now has five birdies on five par-5s this week. His latest comes at the par-5 sixth hole, moving him to 13 under overall, 3 under through six holes today.

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Update No. 11: 3:11 p.m. EDT

Richard H. Lee moved to 7 under for the tournament after his third-round 4-under 66. Lee is No. 82 in the FedEx Cup standings and has just two top 10s in 16 PGA Tour events this season.

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Update No. 10: 2:58 p.m. EDT

While most of the leaders are in the middle of under-par rounds, Padraig Harrington has fallen back. Harrington entered the day tied for second at 8 under, but after five holes today, he's dropped to 6 under.

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Update No. 9: 2:38 p.m. EDT

Great start for leader Bubba Watson, who birdied Nos. 2-3 to move to 12 under for the tournament. He now leads by three shots over Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.

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Update No. 8: 2:20 p.m. EDT

Justin Thomas and Ryan Moore both finish with 4-under 66s. Both are 6 under overall, too.

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Update No. 7: 2:04 p.m. EDT

Justin Rose is 1 under through six holes today to move to 6 under for the tournament. He's four back of leader Bubba Watson, who has just teed off.

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Update No. 6: 1:47 p.m. EDT

Jim Herman makes the turn at 4 under for the round, 8 under overall. Also at 8 under is Hunter Mahan, who is 1 under through two holes today.

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Update No. 5: 1:42 p.m. EDT

Playing in just his third PGA Tour event, Alabama junior Justin Thomas is currently T-13 at 6 under. He also has four straight birdies at the moment (Nos. 12-15) and is 4 under through 15 holes today.

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Update No. 4: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Ken Duke and Jim Herman, who have made just 12 cuts in 30 events between them, have both moved to 7 under. Duke is 4 under through seven holes today while Herman is 3 under through five holes.

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Update No. 3: 12:52 p.m. EDT

We now have about an hour before leader Bubba Watson tees off. At 10 under, Watson leads his playing competitor for today, Patrick Reed, and Padraig Harrington by two shots. Three shots back now is Ryan Moore, who is 7 under, 5 under through 11 holes today.

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Update No. 2: 12:27 p.m. EDT

Ryan Moore is 4 under through nine holes and has moved up to 6 under. Also at 6 under is Jim Herman, who is 2 under through two holes.

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Update No. 1: 11:54 a.m. EDT

The last group doesn't tee off for about two hours, but already some good scores are being posted. Jeff Maggert shot 5-under 65 to move to 5 under, five shots back of leader Bubba Watson. Bo Van Pelt has a good round going, too. Van Pelt is 3 under through four holes today to vault to 6 under for the tournament.

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Weather conditions

The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s, according to weather.com, with the chance of rain peaking at about 20 percent in the early afternoon and winds in the low to mid teens.

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Friday coverage

• 5 Things: Watson moves to top; winds challenge field; more

Bubba Watson claims the Travelers Championship lead after 36 holes, while winds pick up to challenge the field and plenty of action around the cut line provides extra intrigue. Jim McCabe has 5 Things to Know after the second round.

How it Happened: Watson leads Travelers after two rounds

Bubba Watson shot 3-under 67 on Friday to move to 10 under, while first-round leader Charley Hoffman slipped by following his opening 61 with a second-round 73 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Watson leads Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington by two shots. Hunter Mahan slid after an opening-round 62 as well.

• Third-round tee times, pairings

Leader Bubba Watson will be in one of several interesting groups for Saturday's third round – see some of the pairings that could earn the spotlight, plus complete tee times.

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Thursday coverage

5 Things: Mahan picks up where he left off

The first round of the Travelers Championship was filled with smiles, laugher and goodwill as the scoring was low at TPC River Highlands after high scores last week at the U.S. Open at Merion. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Cromwell, Conn.

How it happened: Hoffman fires 61, leads by 1

Charley Hoffman fired an opening-round bogey-free 61 at the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship and leads by one over Hunter Mahan at TPC River Highlands. See how it happened with our Tour Tracker

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Pre-tournament coverage

Mahan leads predictions for Travelers Championships

Excuse the golf world as it recovers from its U.S. Open hangover, but it will need to shake off the cobwebs quickly as an impressive field will tee it up this week at the Travelers Championship. It is Hunter Mahan that a pair of our fantasy panelists believe will recover from his late fall down the leaderboard at Merion to capture his second Travelers title.

Thomas, former college trio set for pro starts this week

Alabama junior Justin Thomas and former Washington standout Chris Williams are set to play in this week's Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands on unrestricted sponsor exemptions. Across the pond, Brandon Stone and Pontus Widegren will make their professional debuts this week on the European Tour.

Tee times, pairings for first round of Travelers Championship

See the complete groups for the first and second rounds of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship – when U.S. Open champ Justin Rose plays, and with whom, along with Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Ian Poulter, Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood and more stars.

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