Bubba Watson eyes China redemption

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Bubba Watson is hoping that he can find his touch on the greens as he prepares to play in the inaugural Shenzhen International in China.

The 36-year-old was one of the favourites to win last week’s Masters but failed to mount a credible defence of his title to finish down in a share of 38th place at Augusta.

Tee to green the left-hander was in decent shape but he could not find the cup with his flat stick as Jordan Spieth held a putting master-class to claim his first Green Jacket by four shots.

And the two-time Masters champion acknowledges that his woes on the green were behind an average week in Georgia.

“I went there with high expectations and I just didn’t make any putts,” he told europeantour.com. “That’s what changes your round, your week.”

There is no rest for either Spieth or the man he deposed at Augusta, with the former set to play in the RBC Heritage and Watson in the Far East for a rare outing on the European Tour.

The American ace is the 7.50 favourite to win but will face challenges from the likes of Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal (23.0), Sweden’s Alex Noren (33.0) and Alexander Levy of France (26.0).

Watson has had a look at the Genzon Golf Club lay-out and feels that he will need to use all his course craft while rediscovering his form on the putting surface to challenge for honours on Sunday.

“Off the tee this golf course is very demanding,” he added. “You need to position it in the right spots and then the greens are going to be tricky because of the undulation.

“I’m looking forward to having a chance on the weekend.”

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