Bubba birdies 10th, but remains scared of hole


LOS ANGELES – Defending champion Bubba Watson birdied the iconic, short, par-4 10th hole at Riviera Country Club as part of a 1-under-70 opening round, but afterward he didn’t mince words about it.

After calling it the hole he least looks forward to playing on the PGA Tour, Watson explained: “I'm scared to death of that hole. We thought about laying up today but then I was like, well, that 80‑yard wedge shot is going to be just as tough as somehow getting lucky off the tee. And today I got lucky off the tee where all I had to do was go over the tree straight up the green.”

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After laying up with a 4-wood to the left side, Watson hit that 80-yard wedge shot to 30 feet, in the middle of the green with a back right hole location.

From there, he made the putt for one of three birdies on the day.

“Somehow made the putt today, but I was just trying to play to the center of the green, get par and get out of there," he said. "As we can see, throughout the years, that hole is very, very difficult and par is a great score there.”