2012 Masters preview: Bubba Watson
Watson has shown some serious focus this year, starting it with five consecutive top-20 finishes. He hopes the hot start will translate to Masters Tournament success. The left-hander’s best showing is a tie for 20th in 2008.
“I’m playing really good,” he said. “I just haven’t made the putts. I’m going in the right direction and I’m still going forward.”
Watson had the first multiple-win season of his career in 2011, picking up victories at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Won in a playoff in New Orleans with a birdie on the second playoff hole. Finished solo second at the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship and T4 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Member of the 2010 Ryder Cup and 2011 Presidents Cup teams.
Country: United States.
World ranking: 18.
WagerWeb.com odds to win Masters: +3500
Masters Qualification(s): Top 30 PGA Tour Money List; PGA Tour event winner; Tour Championship qualifier; Top 50 World Golf Ranking
Best Masters moment: Referring to entrance as Magnolia Lane instead of “that tiny road with trees that starts with an M.”
Worst Masters moment: Closing with a 78 last year when everyone around him was making a move.
Overview: If Augusta National taps the creative side, few have more imagination than this guy. His length is an advantage, along with the various shapes he can create. But when he gets his ball position out of sync, it can be difficult to get it back. And he looked shaky on fast greens at Bay Hill.
MASTERS PLAYER RECORD
Scoring Avg: 72.50
Low Round: 67
High Round: 78
Rounds Under Par: 3
Year Place Score Round Money
1 2 3 4
2011 38 +1 73 71 67 78 $ 36,800
2009 42 +2 72 72 73 73 $ 29,250
2008 20 +3 74 71 73 73 $ 84,300