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February 1, 2015

Bubba Watson


Q. Your son Caleb is clearly a Seattle fan. Yesterday we talked and you said you needed to get the putter to cooperate and you'd have a chance. Seemed like it did on the front 9. Back 9 maybe not so much.
BUBBA WATSON: Yeah, you know, a couple of shots here and there. You know, 17, three-putted but I had, I don't know, 80-footer. So that's a tough, tough two-putt there for birdie. And then the par-5. I just didn't hit my tee shot well enough to have a chance to go for that green on -- what hole was that? 15. So all in all, it was a great day. It was a good challenge. I don't see anybody bogeying, but I will accept it being a new week.

Q. 14-under today. Obviously last year you came so close to winning this tournament. Looks like one or two shots' difference?
BUBBA WATSON: Yeah, for sure. I don't see anybody bogeying. Beautiful day out there. Guys are playing great. Two guys making bogeys, I don't see it.

Q. Highlights from your round. 12?
BUBBA WATSON: I have hit that bunker three times this week. I got up and down every time. To see it go in, that was a big boost. I just couldn't do anything after that.

Q. (Question about Caleb playing golf.)
BUBBA WATSON: Same thing. We live by the driving range, so he's hitting balls in the afternoon right before dinner. He loves it, and so I just let him have fun. I'm not gonna bug him. Let him play golf and have fun with it.

Q. 13. Gets you into tie for the lead.
BUBBA WATSON: Yeah, we had 253 I think is what my caddie said, 3-iron, and I flew it all the way to the hole. I didn't expect to fly it all the way to the hole, but it did. Another thing, I hit a great shot in there. Just missed the putt. Hit a pretty good putt here, easy birdie. But again, like I said, really nothing after that. I really couldn't get any good birdie chances.

Q. Are you enjoying golf more than you ever have?
BUBBA WATSON: It's because of my son, my son, and now my daughter who is 10 weeks old. When you look at it, it's just a sport. We play a great game. I'm blessed. I have won a few times, won a couple of majors. I'm blessed to do this. It's fun. I'm going back to being a kid and just having fun with it.

Q. If only that putter had cooperated over the last 36 holes?
BUBBA WATSON: Yeah, it was good playing. The driver's working really good right now. The irons are always pretty good. It's just making a few putts. You know, at the start of the week, I'd be happy just having a chance on Sunday, but, you know, when it gets push comes to shove, we always want a little bit more.

Q. And the round, birdies, the one on 12 must have been special?
BUBBA WATSON: Yeah, for sure. I hit that three times this week. I'm starting to know that sand pretty good. Holed it out and made that much more, I guess, that much better.

Q. You have to be happy -- you probably feel like you may come up a buck shy. Caleb is more interested in going home right now. You must be happy with the way the game is trending.
BUBBA WATSON: Yeah, for sure. I haven't played that much in the last few months, but I know I'm working on the right things. My attitude is in the right spot. My mental game is in the right spot. It's looking good for another great year.
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