Even for professional golfers, certain golf courses are just not for them. We've seen the best in the world struggle at random venues over the years, proving that nobody is excluded from the toughness of certain clubs.
If the event is a non-major, most players will skip that course that gives them fits, but when it's the biggest non-major of the year, you are going to play.
That is the case with Bubba Watson, who will be teeing it up this week for the first time since his Masters win last month, and while a lot of people might carry that confidence into the Players Championship, Watson had a more humbling approach during his press conference.
"Around this golf course it's very challenging for me," Watson admitted. "When I look down No.1 and No.10, just to give you an example, when you look down those, it's hard to tell the fairway and the rough. It all kind of blends in together. To me, I don't like to look at a tree and aim at a tree. I like to see the lay of the land and that's how I hit my shots. So it's very difficult when you look at a golf course like that. So it makes it difficult for me."
Watson went on to be asked about the 17th hole and his struggles in the past on the island green, and he simply said, "Me and the golf course don't see eye to eye. So 17 doesn't see eye to eye with me."
It's really nice to hear someone as talented as Bubba Watson openly admit that a golf course has his number. We lived through the days of Tiger Woods coming to the podium and declaring his goal was to win that week, even after months and months of time away from the game, so when Bubba gets up and just tells it like it is, you have to tip your hat to him.
This is a guy that is ranked fourth in the world, has two PGA Tour wins already this season including a second green jacket in the last three years and he's basically saying that if he was going to advice you to bet on someone this week, his name would not be one of his picks.
Of course, if Bubba did happen to play really well this week and finish solo second or even win, it wouldn't just be the Players trophy he took home. Watson has a chance to become No. 1 in the world if either of those things happened, and he was asked about that as well during his press conference, to which he gave an absolutely golden answer.
"My best finish is 37th. So unless 37th moves me to No.1, we probably don't need to worry about that."
I feel like this is the perfect approach by a golfer as he prepares to play a golf course that is simply not his favorite.
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