Watson: More Masters pressure on McIlroy than me

Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:28pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Masters champion Bubba Watson could join elite company with a successful title defense at Augusta National next month but said on Monday world number one Rory McIlroy will face more pressure at the year's first major.

Watson, 36, will be gunning to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only players to win consecutive green jackets and could join the likes of Sam Snead and Gary Player by becoming the sixth three-times Masters winner.

Nicklaus holds the record with six.

"I don't have any pressure," Watson, who also won at Augusta in 2012, told reporters on a conference call. "I've already got two jackets.

"Obviously, I think he (McIlroy) would have more pressure than me, because look at the talent he has and the records he could beat when he gets older."

McIlroy, 25, will arrive at the fabled golf course seeking a Masters crown to complete a career grand slam.

Victory for the Northern Irishman would make him the seventh career grand slam winner following Woods, Nicklaus, Player, Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Gene Sarazen.

He would become second youngest to achieve the feat behind Woods, who was 24 when he completed his set by winning the 2000 British Open with a record 19-under score at St. Andrews.   Continued...

Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the WGC - Cadillac Championship golf tournament at TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports