Bubba not concerned over recent lapse in form

Tue Aug 5, 2014 5:37pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOUISVILLE Kentucky (Reuters) - Two victories by Bubba Watson in the first four months of this year, including a second triumph at the Masters, highlighted a sizzling start to the 2013-14 PGA Tour by the long-hitting American.

The left-hander piled up seven top-10s in 10 events, two of them runner-up spots, and it seemed that an emotional player known for audacious shot-making and up-and-down form was heading for a season of extraordinary consistency.

Though Watson has since failed to maintain that red-hot momentum, missing the cut at the U.S. Open and also at last month's British Open, he was in confident mood on Tuesday about his prospects for this week's PGA Championship.

"I feel like my game's all right," the Masters champion told reporters at Valhalla Golf Club while preparing for Thursday's opening round. "I tweaked a few things here and there, and hopefully I'll be ready this week.

"This is my first time being here in Valhalla. The course is in great shape. It's a good layout, a good test of golf. Obviously long irons are going to be key around this place, there's a lot of long holes.

"There are about five tee shots for me that are very difficult that I've got to really pay attention on. You're going to wear out your long irons. My six and five-iron are going to get a lot of work this week."

Asked if he was at all disappointed with how his PGA Tour form had tailed off over the past few months, Watson replied: "No, I'm not disappointed. I haven't played many rounds of golf

"I've been taking it easy with the family and stuff, cutting back with the schedule. It's one of those things where you don't see yourself as that far off.   Continued...

Aug 4, 2014; Louisville, KY, USA; PGA golfer Bubba Watson hits an iron during practice for the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Country Club.  Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports