Watson still on course

American Bubba Watson will take a one-shot lead into the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

American Bubba Watson leads by one shot after the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans thanks to a second-round 68.

Watson, who started the day in a tie for the lead with Australian Matt Jones, got off to the perfect start in his second round, eagling the par-five 11th after an opening par at 10, just like he’d done in the first round.

He added two more birdies at 13 and 14, lifting him to 10 under for the tournament, where he stayed after a bogey at 18 and one more birdie at the seventh.

The 32-year-old tops both driving distance and green in regulation so far this week, despite the TPC Louisiana not being a course he’s very fond of.

“For me, it’s daunting,” Watson told pgatour.com. “There were a lot of tough tee shots for me. A lot of times the water’s on the left for me being left-handed. It’s hard to overcome, but somehow I’m overcoming it right now.

“You’re not sure what the wind’s doing on some holes,” said Watson, already a winner at the Farmer’s Insurance Open this year. “So, you’re always watching and trying to see what’s going on to figure out how to play the holes.”

Josh Teater is in second place, one behind Watson, after six-uner-par 66, while John Rollins lies a further shot back thanks to a second-round 69.

Joint first-round leader Jones is in a tie for fourth with four others, including fellow Australian John Senden and American Dean Wilson, whose 64 was the round of the day.

Luke Donald, chasing the No.1 spot this week, manage a one-under 71 which leaves him five shots adrift with two rounds still to play.

Donald says he watched a bit of the royal wedding at around 5am before heading out on the course.

“My wife, on the other hand, got up at 4am to watch a little more,” he said.

“She’s Royal Wedding-crazy. So she watched a bunch of it.”

Donald’s short game has let him down in the first two rounds – he’s taken 30 putts in each of them – and he knows he need to improve in that area to challenge over the weekend.

“Thirty is a lot for me. So I’ll go hit the putting green and try to figure it out,” he said.

“I think the greens are only going to get firmer. They’re already starting to turn a little yellow in colour, so it will be a tough weekend. Hopefully I can find my speed on the greens which wasn’t that great the last couple of days and make some putts.”

Elsewhere, reigning US Open champion Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose both missed the cut.