Struggling Bubba is homesick
US bomber Bubba Watson has admitted to being homesick as he fights to survive the halfway cut at the Alstom French Open.
US bomber Bubba Watson has admitted to being homesick as he fights to survive the halfway cut at the Alstom French Open in Paris.
The World No 12, one of the games biggest hitters and a man who has won twice on American soil this year, could only manage a three-over-par 74 in Thursday’s first round to find himself all of nine shots off the pace in 90th place and staring ‘the cut’ in the face
When asked how he liked Le Golf National, venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup between Europe and the USA, the American talked around the question, saying:.
“I love France. It is a nice place. Paris is a beautiful city.”
Did he think he might, in the future, make regular visits to play in Europe, he smile wanly and said: “Think this might be the only one. I miss my home.”
This is underlined by his plan to return home from France this weekend and then make a second trip over the Atlantic to play in the third major of the year, 140th Open Championship, in Kent in a fortnight’s time
Storm, whose victory in the 2007 French Open on the same course is his only one in more than 250 European Tour starts, qualified for
Royal St George’s with a round of 62 three weeks ago.
He did not drop a stroke yesterday, while Green and South African George Coetzee both reached seven under before dropping one and two strokes respectively.
That put Coetzee, joint third last week in Germany, into another tie for third place with England’s James Morrison and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.
Coetzee and Green have also qualified for The Open, but Morrison and Olesen lead the race for the one exempt spot on offer to the leading finisher this weekend – providing they finish in the top five.
Colin Montgomerie, also hunting for that, will resume on level par and only 33rd after two late bogeys.
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