February 26 2011
MARANA, Ariz. -- Sure, Bubba Watson was disappointed to have lost his semifinal match with Martin Kaymer. Overall, though, he couldn't be too unhappy with his performance on Saturday at Dove Mountain.
First of all, there was that stirring comeback win over J.B. Holmes as Watson rallied from 5 down with seven holes remaining to win on the 19th. And he went down swinging against Kaymer, too, taking the soon-to-be world No. 1 to the 18th hole before losing 1 up.
"It's sad because I lost," Watson said. "But I played good. I didn't really mess up too much. He just beat me. He made some putts that I didn't make."
Watson has one more match to play on Sunday, facing Matt Kuchar in the consolation at 12:05 p.m. MT (2:05 p.m. ET). Regardless of whether he wins or loses, the recent Farmers Insurance Open champ will have his second top-10 finish of the year.
Not bad for someone who was playing in his first World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
"I hit that good," Watson said, reminded of the clutch birdie at the 17th hole that extended his semifinal match. "That's the thing, it showed a lot. It showed that I can play golf.
"The first match this morning, I was down 5 with 8 to play and somehow I won it. It shows that I can do it, I can bear down and fight to the end."
Watson said the quick turnaround between matches contributed to a lackluster, double-bogey start in the semifinals. Not to mention, he never got a feel for the greens on Saturday. He used 28 putts each in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
"They slowed the greens down a little bit just because we were expecting these winds," Watson said. "Slow greens always get me. They look like they're going to be fast, but they roll a foot or so slower. Just hard."