Watson Fails to Find Masters Magic

Sat 08 Dec 2012

Watson Fails to Find Masters Magic


Chonburi, Thailand, December 8: Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson failed to work his magic in the third round of the Thailand Golf Championship, settling for a one-under-par 71 to trail runaway leader Charl Schwartzel by a massive 11 strokes.

The left-handed American, making his debut in the US$1 million showpiece, shot one eagle and two birdies but three bogeys along the way, including one at the last left a bitter taste in the mouth.

“It was not very good. I got hot today and didn’t putt and hit good shots. I bogeyed the last which really hurt. I made a good eagle and made a good challenge on the back nine but I let one slide on 18,” said Watson, who won his first Major title after pulling off a remarkable recovery shot in the play-off at Augusta National against Louis Oosthuizen.

Watson has been a hit with Thai golf fans this week, signing autographs after his round at Amata Spring Country Club. But his hopes of winning a second title of the season is now out of the question with the way Schwartzel is playing.

“It is going to be tough win. I have to shoot a really low number. If he (Charl Schwartzel) is playing the way he’s playing then it might be almost impossible. He has like 11 shots over me so I probably have to shoot a score in the 50s!

“Hopefully I’ll play better. I’ll still do everything the same and try to hole some putts.”