Watson looking for best Players finish of career


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – After a career-best finish of T-37 – twice – at The Players Championship, Bubba Watson stated earlier this week that he’d enter the event with some modest goals.

“Maybe a 36th this year,” he joked. “Get my best tournament ever here.”

Following a third-round 2-under 70 that left him at 5-under 211, he remained in a joking mood. When asked whether he’s adjusted his goal, Watson maintained, “No, no, I’ve still got a few shots to play with.”

With three rounds of par or better, he should be on the verge of his best finish here.

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“Truthfully, I'm trying to be better than that,” he said of that 36th-place goal. “After yesterday's slow finish, I was trying to just try to get to the top 25. … But then after making all those birdies [he carded seven on Saturday, including four in a row on the back nine], yeah, obviously we're trying to get a top 10. And if we can do better than that, it would be better, get a top five maybe.

“But winning the golf tournament's really probably out of the question, unless something heroic happens tomorrow. But a top 10 is very reasonable, if I can play halfway decent.”

Watson needs a win or solo second-place finish to potentially become the world’s No. 1-ranked player.