Exhausted Watson fires opening-round 71 at Zurich Classic


AVONDALE, La. – Bubba Watson was perfectly candid after his first round of the Zurich Classic on Thursday: he is tired.

'I'm so out of it right now, golf is a hard thing to do right now,' Watson said.

Overcoming a sluggish start where he dropped to 2 over through eight holes, Watson engineered a back-nine rally to shoot 1-under 71 in his first round on the PGA Tour since his Masters triumph.

'My body is not where it wants to be. I can't hit shots that I want to hit. I can't hit it and make putts. I'm struggling out there. Just exhausted, mentally exhausted,' he said. 

He added, 'I can't hit a full swing yet. My distance isn't where I want it to be. Anytime I hit a full swing I'm just exhausted, takes my breath away, just trying to fight through it.'

Caddie Ted Scott suggested a top-25 finish would be great for his man this week. Watson embraced the message.

'For me to grind it out and still shoot under par today with some tough finishing holes there, yeah, it felt nice,' he said. 'If I can shoot 3 more rounds under par, it will be a good week.'

Clearly gassed from the whirlwind of the last three weeks, Watson will deviate from his normal post-round routine to recoup for Friday.

'Today I'm going to take some naps, do some therapy and just try to rest, try to get as much liquid in me, as much as possible, and then just hope I'll be ready to play tomorrow,' he said.

'I have until 12:30 tomorrow.'