LOS ANGELES – For a player who has twice hoisted a trophy on Sunday at Riviera Country Club, Bubba Watson’s assessment of the par-4 10th hole, the layout’s signature stop, leaves no room for interpretation.
“It's the most demanding par 4 I've ever played in my life, doesn't matter if it's 500 yards or it's 200 yards,” Watson said on Wednesday at Riviera. “Demanding is the nicest way I can say it. There's a lot of other words I can think of, but I probably shouldn't say them.”
To be fair, the iconic 10th leaves many players searching for diplomatic qualifiers, and Watson’s history on the 315-yard hole certainly justifies his lukewarm take. Even last year when he edged Adam Scott by a stroke for the title, Watson played No. 10 in 1 over par for the week.
Last year during the final round, Watson explained that after leaving himself in an awkward position after attempting to drive the green he intentionally chipped his second shot into a bunker where he hoped to be able to save his par.
“I can't land it on the green and stop it, and I'm only 20 yards from the hole,” said Watson, who converted a 10-footer for par on his way to victory in ’16. “ If I missed the putt or get a bad lie in the bunker, get a double bogey, it changes everything, right?”