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Bubba Watson lets a potentially brilliant round of golf get away from him

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Through his first 13 holes on Saturday, it looked like Bubba Watson could be a factor in the final round of the British Open.

With six birdies already on his scorecard, Watson was cruising along at 5-under for the tournament and looked to be in complete control of his game.

Drives were finding the fairway. Putts were falling from all over the place. For a brief moment Watson had us all believing the course record 64, posted by Adam Scott and Brandt Snedeker on Thursday and Friday, was in serious jeopardy.

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Watson was no doubt rolling along, but if there's one thing he's been known for over his career -- aside from his insane length off the tee -- it's his ability to go from red-hot to ice cold in just a couple holes. And that's exactly what happened down the stretch on Saturday, as Watson picked up a bogey on the 14th and a double of the 15th to go from 5-under to 2-under, all but ending his bid to win the Masters and British Open in the same season.

"Thoughts on my round= great golf for 13 holes - bad golf for 2 holes - good golf for 3 holes.  #GolfIsHard," Watson said via his Twitter account after his round.

Golf may be hard, but for 13 holes, Watson made the game look incredibly easy. If not for a couple of unfortunate errors down the stretch, he likely would've been one of the biggest stories heading into Sunday.

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