By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DORAL, Fla. -- As wrong as things went for Bubba Watson Sunday at TPC Blue Monster at Doral, he still had a chance to make everything right on the final hole with a birdie putt to force a playoff with Justin Rose.
“I was thinking that it didn't matter -- it didn't matter what I did on the first few holes,” Watson said afterward. “This could overcome all that. Knowing that I was struggling, that's the worst I've hit the ball all year. But I still had a chance in the end.”
Watson of course missed the putt and as a result finished second after a final-round 74.
”I was proud of myself for fighting, not giving up,” Watson continued. “Never got down today. Never got mad at myself. Just tried to figure it out. I'm trying to learn the game. In a bad situation like this, I'm trying to figure out, how to correct it.”
He didn’t give himself much of an opportunity to on Sunday.
Leading by three at the start of the day, Watson missed every fairway on the front nine and made four bogeys, including three in a row at one point.
Most of Watson’s problems in the final round could be attributed to ball position, he said. Watson likes to works the ball from left-to-right and right-to-left more than any other player in the game and that requires moving his ball position around.
The ball was either too far up or too far back, or too close or too far. Watson never quite got it in the right spot, at least early on, and struggled as a result.
Still, Watson had his chances.
He had a 9-footer for birdie on the par-4 14th, but slid it past the hole. Then the putt on the 18th after a spectacular shot from the right rough from 190 yards that bounded onto the green and near the hole.
“The putt on 18 [hurt more], because that was my last chance,” Watson said. “I played solid down the stretch, I just didn't get any putts to go in.”