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March 8 2011

7:52 PM

Watson looks for perfection

DORAL, Fla. -- Believe it or not, Bubba Watson actually took a couple of days off last week after finishing fourth at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Yes, he hit about five balls at the PING factory on Tuesday but Watson didn't play 18 holes until Thursday as he prepared for the Cadillac Championship. That's a significant layoff for a guy who loves the game so much he gets geared up simply playing against his buddies at home.

So just what is the fascination?

"Can't perfect it," Watson said. "Never going to be perfected. ... You can birdie every hole but nobody has ever done it.  It's possible. It's just never been done. It's possible I can win this week; it's just never been done yet.  I just haven't won this week but there's all chances.

"It's fun. I love it. I love the challenge. I love the challenge of how my body is going to react that day. Am I going it beat you? What if you have your best game that day and I have my worst game? You just never know."

Watson had one of his best earlier this year when he won his second PGA TOUR event at the Farmers Insurance Open. He punctuated that victory with a 12-footer for birdie at the 18th hole Sunday at Torrey Pines to hold off Phil Mickelson.

But the big-hitting Watson's two most memorable shots this year are probably the driver off the deck he launched from 330 yards out at No. 18 at Kapalua or the 3-iron that rocketed 280 yards on the 11th as he beat Geoff Ogilvy at Dove Mountain. And which was the most difficult to hit?

"Well, the iron, because it was a 3-iron, it looked like a butter knife and I'm trying to hit it 280 over a bunker," Watson said. "Kapalua was easier because it was a driver is going to slice and I knew it was going to slice.  So all I have to do is aim it out far enough and hit it on the downslope. Pretty simple it seemed like."

Watson said he's always hit those kind of shots -- he just wasn't on TV when he did. "Before I was doing these interviews in the media center, there was no camera around me so I probably hit a lot of those shots but nobody ever saw them," he said. "So now that I'm 15th or 20th in the world, now I get to be on camera a little bit more."

Watson isn't the type to pound balls on the range like Vijay Singh. So he learned to be creative while he was growing up playing the tree-lined fairways at Tanglewood Golf and Country Club in Milton, Fla., where Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum also honed their games.

And one of the most creative was the one Watson liked to hit on the sixth hole. That's where he cut the corner of a dogleg and "shaped it around" the home of Weekley's parents.

"I've never hit his house, put it that way," Watson said with a grin. "I've never hit his parents' house.  I can go on record and say that." – Helen Ross

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