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Big-hitting Bubba Watson will be making his first ever regular European Tour appearance in Paris this week.

Big-hitting Bubba Watson will be making his first ever regular European Tour appearance in Paris this week.

World number 12 Watson will tee off in the Open de France tomorrow, though he’ll fly straight back to the US after the event before returning to the other side of the Atlantic again for the Open at Sandwich starting July 14.

It marks his first-ever appearance at a regular European Tour event.

“I’ve played the US Tour my whole career and I just wanted to experience a different culture, a different life, a different atmosphere,” Watson said at the pre-tournament press conference in Paris.

“(But) how do I put this nicely? I want to have my own food for a few days then come back over.

When I get home I just play golf, I don’t hit range balls or anything, I just play 18 holes each day or every other day,” he added.

“I practice but not as hard as some of the other guys. I don’t have a mental coach, I don’t have a swing coach, I don’t have anybody that I call coach. It’s all me.”

Watson also said that he had spoken to world number 4 Martin Kaymer, also in the field this week, to get some tips on how to approach the Le Golf National course.

Kaymer famously edged Watson in a play-off last year to claim the US PGA Championship title, but there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the two.

“Me and Martin are good friends,” said Watson. “He has a house in Scottsdale in Arizona near me and he told me how tough this course is, that the last few holes have a lot of water.

“He said you get some high rough and you have to hit the fairways. That’s what we want, a tough course that challenges us, makes us pay attention, and where you have to play good golf.

“I wanted to try out the course that just got awarded the Ryder Cup,” Watson added. “It’s seven years away but hopefully I’ll (still) be on tour by then.”

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