Playing partners all-important to Watson

24 June 2020 23:28:19 GMTPlus10

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson believes playing partners can make a huge difference in the opening two rounds of an event and says he would rather be grouped with "fun and energetic" players.

Watson has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, with his two finest achievements coming at the Masters in Augusta where he won in 2012 before regaining his crown just two years later.

The Floridian left-hander failed to win in 19 tournament appearances last year but claimed three titles in 2018, winning the Genesis Open and Travelers Championship and partnering Kevin Kisner to glory in WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Watson, a former world number two, finished tied seventh in the Charles Schwab Challenge earlier this month and is still capable of contesting for silverware but thinks a lot depends on who you are playing alongside.

Speaking to Yahoo Sports, Watson said: "It matters tremendously who you are paired with. There's guys that are a shot, maybe a two-shot penalty when you see their name on that sheet. Maybe that's what they say about me, too, so I guess it works both ways."

Watson added that playing with fun players can be advantageous: "You see a certain name, you know you can joke around, you know you can have fun and kind of get away from the stress and not talking and just walking down the fairway.

"I look forward to seeing who the pairings are and sometimes I start praying early to try to get a good one."

Watson’s next tournament start is at the Travelers Championship, an event he has previously won on three occasions, and he is 29.00 to reign supreme.

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