Bubba Watson was one of two men to set a course record with a 9-under 63 on Saturday, allowing the Georgian to jump to the top of the leader board at the Hero World Challenge in Albany Colony, The Bahamas.
Through 54 holes, Watson has a two-stroke lead following his 9-under 63 that allowed him to reach 19-under. He had seven birdies and an eagle on the par-4 No. 4.
England’s Paul Casey, one of just five non-Americans in the field, also shot a 63, dropping him to 17-under and allowing him to jump from seventh to second. Casey did all his damage in the first 13 holes, ripping off nine birdies in that span.
Patrick Reed and Chris Kirk are tied for third at 16-under after each man shot a 66 on Saturday, while world No. 1 Jordan Spieth slid back from first to tie for fifth with a by-comparison pedestrian 68.
Spieth’s Day 2 co-leader, Jimmy Walker, fell all the way to 11th after shooting a 1-under 71. Walker was playing catch-up most of the day after recording a double bogey 7 on No. 3.