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Bubba 'needs to be tougher' after U.S. Open MC

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CROMWELL, Conn. – Reading between the lines of his comments prior to last week’s U.S. Open, it seemed like Bubba Watson wasn’t exactly enamored with either Pinehurst No. 2 or the course setup.

His performance followed suit, as the reigning Masters champion posted scores of 76-70 to miss the cut.

“Last week was very difficult for me,” he said in advance of this week’s Travelers Championship. “I need to be tougher; I need to be tougher mentally. I played good the second day, as good as I could play, and I still shot I think it was even, and there were other guys shooting under par every day. For me it was a tough week.

“I thought Merion was very tough, but I thought Merion was a U.S. Open course that I liked, even though I barely made the cut. Like I said last week, I've played in eight U.S. Opens, about half of them I liked, half of them I didn't like, and that's just how it is.

Watson has now made the cut in four of eight U.S. Open appearances, with just one top-10 finish.

“The golf course was obviously better than me last week,” he explained. “Hopefully if we ever play there again, I'll beat it one day.”