He’s dealing with a back injury.
“I haven’t touched a club,” he said. “I wanted to just rest so I can be ready for Augusta. The Match Play is coming up (next week) so I took a week off, just deciding what’s going to be best for me for the rest of the year with the Olympics and Ryder Cup and everything.”
Watson, who won a few weeks ago at Riviera and followed up that performance with a runner-up at Doral, is one of the favorites for the Masters, which he won in 2012 and ’14.
When asked if the injury has affected his preparations for Augusta, Watson said: “No, it helps it. You know, rest. The more rest you can get, the mental grind of the tournament but also the Masters is just that much more. … The key is not having the bad habits, getting in a bad habit that hurts you for the next month and that hurts you for Augusta.”