Watson withdraws from Bay Hill

Bubba Watson has withdrawn from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational following the death of a close friend.

The defending Masters champion was hoping to get in a some good match practice this weekend ahead of the iconic event at Augusta, but a tragedy forced him to withdraw.

“I am sad to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational,” said the world number two on pgatour.com.

“A close childhood friend of mine passed away unexpectedly last night. My thoughts and prayers are with his young family at this sad time. I have chosen to withdraw so I can attend the funeral and pay respect to my friend and his family.”