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Watson falls to Stadler ... for second time

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Jada Patipaksiri and Amelia Ek  - 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Bubba Watson was forced to take a stroll down memory lane on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

No, he wasn’t thinking about his past jaunts around TPC Scottsdale. No, he wasn’t thinking about how he’s previously fared when holding or sharing a 54-hole lead (he’s now 1-for-7). He was thinking about when Kevin Stadler beat him on the Tour.

“You know what? It sucks,” Watson said, “because he beat me at Peek'n Peak (2004) in a playoff as well. He's such a great player, you know, obviously just like his dad because they swing just alike.”

Watson led Stadler by two to start the final round, but missed a 5-footer on the 72nd hole to lose by one. Despite coming up short, Watson says there are no hard feelings.

“I take my hat off to him. He beat me.”

When asked if he was disappointed by his Sunday performance, an even-par 71 that left him in a tie for second, Watson maintained there were positives to take away from the week.

“Let's look at it from the prize money standpoint. … I look at what it does for my family, look at what it does for my career, and look what it does to help me inspire me to get better so I can win the next one.”