Bubba Watson makes major leap in latest Ryder Cup USA standings

Erica Murray
February 20, 2018

Feb 18, 2018; Pacific Palisades, CA, USA; Bubba Watson hits a shot from the 15th tee box during the final round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club. He shot 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open at Los Angeles. He reached nine-under through 14 holes and was only one back. Whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn't become such a novelty that he's back out playing again, I don't know, but it's tiring.

"I'm both pleased and also not very happy with some parts of it", said Woods, who noted that his back was fine but that his feet and knees were aching after walking 36 holes. "To be able to go full bore again".

"Today was the first day I felt bad with a putter this year", Woods said. "You never know if you're going to lift the trophy".

Woods' lack of success at the Genesis, where he served as tournament host this week for the second straight year, is perplexing.

"I have a couple weeks off, so I can really work on my swing, give these next few events my best crack and try get myself to Augusta".

If there's a silver lining, it's that Woods won't have much time to dwell on the missed cut.

It means also it will be the first occasion Woods will have played back-to-back anywhere in the world since 2015 in contesting the PGA Championship and then making his debut a week later in the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

"That allows him to get to a lot of the tucked pins", said Phil Mickelson, who finished tied for sixth after moving to within one stroke of the lead early in round.

Watson admitted that he was close to giving up on golf as he battled with health issues and a loss of form over the past two years, but he chose to continue on his quest to reach his goal of 10 PGA Tour titles.

"I went and saw I a friend of mine, Ellen (DeGeneres), and then went over and watched a taping of '(The) Big Bang (Theory).' When you come here, it's Hollywood".

"I think everyone just has to be patient with him, especially him being patient with it and just give himself time".

Rory McIlroy, one of his playing partners for the first two days, concurred with that assessment.

According to the four-time Major victor McIlroy however, such attention was a crucial factor in Woods missing the cut for the weekend's action. Because physically, I wasn't where I needed to be to continue to play. "If I don't win tomorrow, or if I do win tomorrow, I'm still going in the right direction".

"I was at the lowest point (mentally) I've ever been at in the game of golf", Watson said.

"Whoever's teeing off at 8:30 in the morning doesn't get that and can just go about his business and just do his thing", said McIlroy.

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