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:
It's hard to focus when you're heads all discombobulated from medicine and pollen #spellcheck— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) March 20, 2014
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.