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Bubba Watson fires course record to lead Hero World Challenge

ALBANY, Bahamas – Good thing the paperwork got done.

Bubba Watson, the big-hitting lefty from Bagdad, Fla., wasn’t going to play in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club, in large part because of a potential snafu with a passport for his daughter.

Now he’s in a prime position to win it.

And then send flowers to Jason Day.

Watson fired a course-record, 9-under-par 63 in Saturday’s third round – the highlight a holed-out 7-iron for eagle on the par-4 fourth hole – and will take a 2-stroke lead into the final 18 holes. His closest pursuer, Paul Casey, also shot a course-record 63. Three back are Patrick Reed (66) and Chris Kirk (66). World No. 1 and defending champion Jordan Spieth is four back after a 68.

“It was a good day,” said Watson, who added seven birdies to his eagle in a flawless round. By his count, he now has at least 10 course records.

Watson almost didn’t make it to the Bahamas. He knew he was playing back-to-back weeks in China and Japan and was going to be heading to Thailand on Sunday for another…

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