Allergies force Bubba Watson to WD at Bay Hill

Bubba Watson withdrew from play citing allergies at the Arnold Palmer Invitational during Round 1 at Bay Hill Lodge and Club.

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Bubba Watson withdrew shortly after his first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Thursday at Bay Hill, citing allergies.

Watson, who lives in nearby Isleworth in Windermere, shot 11-over 83, a round that included one birdie, a triple bogey at the par-4 18th and an 11 at the par-5 sixth hole.

"Just wanted to tell my fans I'm sorry I had to withdraw from @APinv this week. My allergies have taken over!" Watson tweeted via his Twitter account, @BubbaWatson.

At the sixth, Watson put three tee balls into the water left. He then found the right rough with his seventh shot, and after missing the green well short with his eighth, eventually two-putted for the 11.

"It's hard to focus when you're heads all discombobulated from medicine and pollen #spellcheck," Watson added on Twitter.

Watson was making his ninth start at Bay Hill. His best finish, a tie for fourth, came in 2012.

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