Bubba Watson fires 3-over 75 in opening round

Bubba Watson reacts on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters.
Bubba Watson reacts on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2013 Masters. ( Getty Images )

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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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