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April 27 2012

11:50 PM

Bubba survives to play weekend

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Bubba Watson has 36 holes to make a move in his title defense.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AVONDALE, La. -- Masters champion Bubba Watson, who also happens to be defending his title at TPC Louisiana, will be back to play the weekend. But just barely.

The affable Floridian, who became a father two weeks before he beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff at Augusta National, made an 11-footer for birdie at the 17th hole to sneak about the cutline. He's shot matching 71s in the first two rounds and made good use of the time between his early-late starts.

"I slept for a little over ten hours yesterday," Watson said. "My tee time is bright and early tomorrow. Just rest, hopefully stay hydrated and just try to grind it out. Try to get in that Top 25. Right now I'm barely making the cut. Try to sneak up the leaderboard like some of the other guys are doing."

For the second straight day Watson said he's had a hard time maintaining his focus. He's admittedly living out a dream, but the fact remains that he's mentally drained and his concentration is not there.

"I know that seems like a cop-out but I'm not playing very good because I'm just really not into it," Watson said. "... It's just overwhelming all the positive energy that everybody is coming with and all the signatures everybody wants. …

"It's overwhelming. I'm not really focused on golf. It's something you got to learn from and hopefully get better with it.”

Watson managed to make an eagle and two birdies on Friday while dropping three shots to par. He found three more fairways on Friday but took 33 putts for the second straight day.

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