Watson inspired by Day aggression, but not at East Lake

Tue Sep 22, 2015 7:56pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Two-times Masters winner Bubba Watson says he has learned a valuable lesson from Jason Day about aggression.

But the lesson might have to be put on hold this week at the Tour Championship at East Lake, where, Watson says, he will be cautious to avoid the rough.

Watson marveled at how the 27-year-old Australian attacked courses in recent triumphs at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and last week's BMW Championship that carried him to the world number one ranking.

"I went in the playoff at PGA Championship at Whistling Straits (in 2010). I definitely didn't see people getting to 20-under-par like this year," Watson told reporters on Tuesday.

"I went into that golf course thinking ... in the 60s was good, or under par was good. And then there (were) guys basically saying, 'no, 65 is good'.

"I didn't see that, because of my thinking. Obviously I took the wrong thinking, or I give majors too much credit."

Day won last month's PGA Championship for his maiden major at 20-under 268, a major record low score in relation to par.

He won the BMW Championship on Sunday at 22-under, and in between captured The Barclays at 19-under.   Continued...

Sep 5, 2015; Norton, MA, USA; Bubba Watson hits his tee shot on the 9th hole during the second round at the Deutsche Bank TPC of Boston. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports