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April 3 2013

3:30 PM

Bubba does New York -- again

Watson appeared on the CNBC set at the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday morning.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

A year ago, Bubba Watson went on a two-day whirlwind media tour following his victory at the Masters.

Tuesday and Wednesday, he revisited many of those same stops with the hope it will energize him as he returns to Augusta National to defend his title next week.

“I want to try to win this thing again,” Watson said via cell phone after interviews that included everyone from ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption to GQ. “It’s been a blast, and it’s given me a lot of positive thoughts going into the Masters.”

Watson hasn’t won since capturing his first major, but he’s not letting that get him down.

After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Watson hadn’t won at all. His first four years on the PGA TOUR, Watson barely contended much less hoisted a trophy.

Then in 2010, he won the Travelers Championship. It was the first of four victories over the next 34 months. Watson was also in contention more, too.

But success came with an adjustment period.

“When (I first won the Masters) it was overwhelming,” Watson said. “I was trying to figure out my life, how do we handle all this.

“But we’ve dialed it in and figured out how Bubba works best.”

Though he hasn’t come contended much this season, Watson has finished in the top 20 in five of his six starts. His best result was a tie for fourth at the season-opening event in Maui, but that was cut short due to weather and Dustin Johnson declared the winner after 54 holes.

Not that Watson is necessarily disappointed.

In the past 12 months, he adopted a baby boy with his wife Angie, won a major, became a media darling, moved into Tiger Woods’ old house at Isleworth and has become even more of a YouTube sensation with his latest video showcasing him on the golf course in a specially designed hovercraft.

“It’s been a blast,” Watson said as he boarded a plane home to Orlando. “It’s funny, my first four years I never won and I never got down on myself. Then I did win and when you look at my career path it’s been crazy to win and win a major.

“But I don’t put pressure on myself. My life doesn’t revolve around just winning golf tournaments. If it did, it would be a sad life.”

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