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Watson cards an 81 with just one club

Bubba Watson
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Never one to turn down an opportunity to get creative on the golf course, Bubba Watson recently showed up to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, Calif., with a 20-degree hybrid in hand. The other 13 clubs, it seems, proved to be too much a burden.

Playing with just a single club and starting the round with only three balls in his pocket, the 2012 Masters champion made his way around the par-72, Tom Fazio layout in 81 shots, according to PGA teaching professional Tim Mitchell

According to Mitchell, Watson told a course staffer that he enjoys the shot-making challenge provided by playing 18 holes with just a single club, perhaps evoking memories of the physics-defying wedge approach he used to claim his green jacket last spring.

Watson's 2012 campaign led to a 69.64 scoring average, good for ninth on the PGA Tour, although he slipped to 32nd for the 2013 season. The southpaw's 2013-14 effort got off to a slow start, though, as he carded a 78 while presumably using all 14 clubs in the first round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Since then, though, the 35-year-old has broken 70 in six of his seven competitive rounds on Tour, tying for eighth at the WGC-HSBC Champions earlier this month in his most recent start.