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Allergic reaction: Bubba withdraws after 83 in Rd. 1

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Bubba Watson shot an 11-over 83 Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and withdrew after the opening round, citing allergies.

Watson made an 11 on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill, where he pumped three tee shots into the water. He also made a triple bogey (on 18), three bogeys and a lone birdie. It was his second-worst score on the PGA Tour, behind only his 84 in the 2008 Memorial.

Prior to this week, Watson hadn’t finished worse than second in his last three stroke-play events, including a victory at Riviera.

On Thursday afternoon, the 2012 Masters champion tweeted this:

 

 

Last year, Watson told reporters that he doesn’t play in Tampa anymore because of allergies. “Every day of my life I take allergy pills, nose spray and eye drops,” he said at the time.