Bubba Watson fires 3-over 75 in opening round

Bubba Watson fires 3-over 75 in opening round

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Bubba Watson fires 3-over 75 in opening round

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Bubba Watson struggled to properly gauge the speed of Augusta National’s famed putting surfaces Thursday, resulting in a 3-over 75 for the defending champion. He made just one birdie, at the par-5 second hole, and four bogeys.

“I hit the ball really well. I can’t complain about my ballstriking. I had four three-putts. Well, it’s really three three-putts and one was on the fringe, so I can count it as a three-putt, but the stats won’t count it as a three-putt. So four three-putts.

“I never got the speed right, never got the ball to the hole. They were slower than what I was expecting. The balls weren’t rolling out like they normally do over the past years, so I just left a lot of putts short, a lot of putts were breaking different than I was expecting.”

Watson hit 12 greens Thursday, but had 35 putts.

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