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Bubba targets Open success but admits golf not top of list

 

By Phil Casey

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has virtually written off a "terrible" season as he puts his family first this year.

The 38-year-old big-hitting American has been a professional for 14 years and having won at Augusta in 2012 and 2014 he knows there are peaks and troughs to overcome.

It is why he is taking such a relaxed view of a campaign which has brought four top-10s and six missed cuts - including a first at the Masters - and resulted in his world ranking dropping from 10th at the start of the year to 49, from a career high of second in early 2015.

Four cuts in eight Open appearances with just one top-25 finish do not bode well for Royal Birkdale, which is why he is happy to focus on wife Angie and adopted children Caleb and Dakota.

"Let's just get right to it. It's terrible!" said Watson, whose focus on other things has even seen him throw his name into the hat to be a future Ryder Cup captain.

"There have been some highlights but what I believe has happened is life. Sometimes you get focused on something and it hurts somewhere else, right?

"The whole thing I have focused on this year is family. Do you just want to keep focusing on golf or do you focus on this?

"You are going to have years, weeks and months when you are better at one thing than you are the other one. I'm not smart enough to figure out how to do both.

"Jack Nicklaus seems like he was a phenomenal father and golfer - I haven't figured out how to do both but it is a learning process.

"It's been tough but I know I am on the right path in life," said Watson at an event with sponsors G/Fore in Southport attended by Liverpool footballing legends Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen.

Watson added: "We went sightseeing (in Liverpool) but I didn't know the names of anything."

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