Bubba laments cold putter

Bubba Watson is blaming his ice-cold putter for his failed title defence at the Masters this past weekend.

Much was expected from the American heading to the iconic Augusta, but he would finish his four rounds in one over par, which was enough for tied 38th.

The two-time Masters winner then heaped praise on winner Jordan Spieth who, in contrast to Watson, was sublime on the greens as he rolled in a tournament record 28 birdies.

“I went there with high expectations and I just didn’t make any putts,” the left-hander told europeantour.com.

“That’s what changes your round, your week. And then Jordan played unbelievable; he was the first person ever to get 19 under, made all his putts. It just shows that’s how you’ve got to win golf tournaments, is making putts.”

Meanwhile, Watson is hoping to iron out the kinks in his game as he looks to impress at this weeks’ Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club.

“Off the tee this golf course is very demanding,” revealed the world number four.

“You need to position it in the right spots and then the greens are going to be tricky because of the undulation…it’s about green speed.

“I’m looking forward to having a chance on the weekend. Everybody here in the field wants to challenge on Sunday and be on that leaderboard and have a chance to win and hold the trophy at the end of the week.”