B. Watson knows he must attack to have chance
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (PA Sport) -- Masters champion Bubba Watson will aim to attack in his final round of the Open Championship, but knows he may need help from the weather at Royal Lytham.
The big-hitting American carded a 68 -- which would have been so much better had he not dropped three shots in two holes at the 14th and 15th -- to move to 2 under on Saturday.
Watson, though, knows he will still have to go low if he is to stand a chance of winning his second major of the year.
"I was up there early, I got to 5 under then struggled with a three-putt, but any time you shoot under par in a major championship it's pretty good," said the 33-year-old. "If you look at where I was yesterday (level par), it was pretty good. Yesterday it looked like I was going to miss the cut, as bad as I was playing.
"I still have to shoot a low round tomorrow, but it can be done," he added. "To shoot a low round around here, you're going to have to hit some great iron shots but also make a lot of long putts."
Watson will draw on his experience of winning the Masters in a playoff against Louis Oosthuizen in April, having begun that day three shots off the lead.
"Obviously when you win one, you're more confident, so that means I have a good shot of doing it again," he explained.
Gusting winds of up to 30 mph have been predicted for Sunday and Watson, like many players below him, hopes that will make things more open.
"Hitting quality golf shots is going to be tougher just because it's going to change your swing and it is going to be harder to hit fairways, harder to hit greens because of the rougher winds," he added. "But for a guy like me that's way back, we need tough conditions so we can play great and hope to move up."