'Rejoicing' Watson develops consistency in his game

Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:10pm EDT
 
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PINEHURST North Carolina (Reuters) - Often guilty in the past of being too hard on himself when things are not going well on the golf course, Masters champion Bubba Watson is reaping the benefits of a 'big picture' approach to his game.

By focusing on all the positives in his life and 'rejoicing' in his many family blessings, the American left-hander has produced the most consistent PGA Tour season of his career, highlighted by two victories and two runner-up spots.

"It's more mental than anything, looking at life differently this whole year," Watson told reporters at Pinehurst on a hot and muggy Tuesday as he prepared for Thursday's opening round at the U.S. Open.

"We started last year, end of last year, talking about rejoicing. 2014 is about rejoicing, rejoicing in all the blessings that I have in my life. My beautiful wife, beautiful son, my team around me, I get to play golf on the PGA Tour.

"Sometimes ... I lose perspective of that and I lose perspective of how great we have it on the PGA Tour, how great we have it to play golf for a living. There's going to be days that I pout but right now it's pretty good."

Watson, who won this year's Masters by three shots to claim his second green jacket, is now able to celebrate the positives from situations where squandered opportunities to win would previously have haunted him.

"Even when I missed a short put in Phoenix and I finished third in Memorial, when I had chances to win, it is still pretty good to finish second and third in some of those events," said the 35-year-old.

"My mental state is in the right spot. I'm focused on the right things now. I am just more consistent at the game of golf because of all the other stuff ... the mental side of it.   Continued...

 
Jun 1, 2014; Dublin, OH, USA; Bubba Watson tees off on the second hole during the final round of The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports