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Cromwell, Conn. — Bubba Watson hit to inches on the final hole for the last his nine birdies in an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Travelers Championship.

Watson had a two-stroke lead in the event he won in 2010 for his first PGA Tour title. He has finished in the top 20 five times in eight previous starts at TPC River Highlands.

The two-time Masters champion just missed an eagle on the par-4 18th hole, hitting a 139-yard second shot that bounced into the flagstick and rolled 4 inches past the cup.

Keegan Bradley was tied for second with Jason Gore, Seung-Yul Noh, Jackson's Brian Stuard and Harris English, who shot a 30 on the back nine. Eight players shot 65, and 12 more opened at 66.

Stuard played a bogey-free round, with six birdies, including three straight on Nos. 4-6. He had a chance to move to 7 under on his last hole, but missed a 9-foot putt.