Watson: One bad drive cost me

Bubba Watson’s final round at the Memorial on Sunday gave ample evidence of how fine the line between winning and losing can be.

Heading to the 15th tee with one hand on the trophy, the two-time Masters champion produced a wayward tee-shot that undid all his hard work over the previous 14 holes.

Watson’s ball landed in the back-garden of a nearby house and the result was a double bogey that ultimately sealed his fate.

“[I made] one bad decision and it cost me two shots,” he told reporters in Ohio after completing his round.

“I hit it pretty hard, obviously, and when it didn’t hit a tree, I knew it was going out of bounds.

“[I was] trying to be a hero. It’s not a comfortable tee shot for me, because I like to cut it. I was trying to go over the tree and I just pulled it.”

He eventually finished one shot behind Japanese youngster Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Na, leaving the two to duke it out in a play-off.

Watson took the disappointment in his stride, however. No doubt already being this year’s Masters champion helped ease the pain

“This week still makes me feel good,” he said. “I made the cut, so it means the ball-striking is all right. I made a few putts. Finished third in a great field in a great tournament.

“I made a pretty good check this week. So I’m not really upset about it.

“I haven’t played good here, but I competed this week and had a chance to win. Obviously it shows my all-around game is getting better, getting more consistent. And so that’s always exciting going forward.”