Watson missed the cut at Olympic by a single stroke, carding a 71 on Friday that couldn't offset the 78 from Thursday. And while he bombed his driver halfway to Los Angeles, his short came couldn't close the gap. On Friday, he rose to as much as 11 over par, but even two late birdies couldn't save him.
In the battle of Man vs. Olympic, Bubba fought bravely, but in the end, Olympic won. "It's a lot better than I am," Watson said after Thursday's round. "That golf course is too tough for me."
Of the marquee pairing with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, Watson was the most likely to get rattled by the large crowds and passionate cheering for his playing mates. And indeed, Watson never seemed particularly comfortable. Perhaps he's like Mickelson, at his best when he can sneak up on a golf course. Olympic was having none of that this week, and now Watson has a few weeks to calm his nerves before trying again to become the first man since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win more than one major in a year.
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