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March 11 2012

4:15 PM

What’s at stake for Watson?

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

DORAL, Fla. -- Four times in his career Bubba Watson has entered the final round with at least a share of the lead -- only once has he gone on to win (at last year’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he beat Webb Simpson in a playoff).j

Should Watson, who leads by three over Justin Rose, hold on, though, it would be the fourth win of his career and third in his last 28 starts.

A win would also give him 550 FedExCup points -- World Golf Championships events award 50 more points than a regular tournament on the PGA TOUR -- and move him to fifth in the standings.

Whatever happens, this is by far the best Watson has ever played here. In his only other trip to TPC Blue Monster at Doral, he finished 72nd in 2009.

How he’s gotten to this point in his career is perhaps even more amazing.

Watson has a unique swing, has never taken a lesson and doesn’t have a swing coach or sport psychologist, just a trainer.

”I like playing and learning it myself,” Watson said. “I'm stubborn. I like doing it myself. I love applauding myself. Why would I want to go say thanks to somebody else? I want to do it on my own. I want to play better for me and I want to win because of me and I want to play good because of me; and no, I've never seeked out advice of a coach or anything on my swing. I just swing funny and somehow it works.”

Some of that was tongue-in-cheek, but there’s some truth to it, too, because that’s how Watson thinks.

Watson once said something to the effect of “If you can beat me, I’ll listen to you,” when talking about whether he’d ever use a swing coach. The tone was humorous, but the message the same.

“That's how I think,” Watson said. “I don't want a team of people behind me showing me how to swing on computers. That's just not me. That's not my personality.

“I'm just trying to do it on my own. It's more fun to do it on my own. I like to figure it out on my own. It's just like a math problem except I probably wouldn't get the math problem right. But I try to figure it out on my own and try to learn from there. It's working right now.”

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