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Bubba Watson aiming for success at the Memorial

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US Masters champion Bubba Watson says that he is hoping to be in contention this Sunday at the Memorial tournament, which kicks off tomorrow.

Watson has only played one PGA Tour competition since his second success round Augusta, which occurred in April.

That was at the Players and he was unable to continue his momentum, finishing in a respectable but not spectacular tied 48th position.

But he is back now and hungry for more trophies to add to his growing collection.

“I love this place. You always see a great field, it’s a good golf course,” he told reporters.

“I love the look of it, I don’t think I’ve ever played very well here, but I love coming back and challenging myself.

“I look forward to the challenge and hopefully now I’m playing a bit better and making my way a bit better, it’ll show on Sunday afternoon.”

Watson’s previous best around the golf course is a tied 19th placed finish and he will be hoping that he is considerably better placed than that this time around.

This season he has been in good form – even without his Augusta win. He has finished in the top ten of six out of the ten tour competitions he has played in and further confirmed himself as one of the most naturally talented golfers in the world.

The American has famously never had a lesson, but it has not hindered him due to his creative and un-coachable style that he brought him so much success in his career to date.

His game looks suited to play the tough course in-front of him this week, too. Watson possesses a mammoth drive and that will be crucial to play the lengthy track.

Equally imperative will be ensuring that it is accurate as the rough around the course is particularly unforgiving and if you miss the fairway from the tee then it immediately puts you on the backfoot.

If Watson is to do that he will need to use all his majestic recovery powers to get himself back on track.

He will also have to beat a strong field if he is to take the title. Indeed, he remains relatively unfancied with the bookmakers with 28/1 odds representing him as being an outsider to take the title.

Ahead of him are the likes of Rory McIlroy, who plays fresh off the back of his success at Wentworth last week, Adam Scott, who is the current world number one and also won last week on the PGA Tour, and golf’s newest star, Jordan Spieth.

The quality doesn’t stop there, though. Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Jason Day will all be looking to stop Watson from topping the leaderboard, whilst Jason Dufner will be keen to avenge last week’s playoff defeat to Scott at the Crowne Plaza by taking the title here.

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