Masters champ Bubba Watson isn’t quite satisfied with the state of his game at present
Since winning his first major back in April, Watson’s performances have been mostly solid, but unspectacular, with a number of top-25 finishes, but very few top-10s or better.
He tees off at the Barclays this week, the opening tournament of this year’s lucrative FedEx Cup, hoping for a more clinical showing.
“My expectations are always high,” Watson said. “I’ve been playing pretty solid all year with a lot of top 25s but not a lot of top 10s, not as many as I want.
“These play-offs are the most important thing right now and this course sets up pretty good for me, with it being a little bit longer.”
Being that there are 125 players chasing the big cash prize for wining the four-tournament series, Watson can expect some stiff competition.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson will be eager to impress. The American has won a FedEx Cup tournament in each of the past two years, the only player to do so.
“I play well at this time of the year usually, so I enjoy the FedExCup,” Johnson said.
“I like the play-offs. This is time where you really need to play well. I’ve had a lot of success the last few years in the play-offs, and hopefully I can continue that this year.”
Johnson knows that this time around the tournament should be a very different prospect. Last year it was shortened to 54 holes because of Hurricane Irene.
“It’s a totally different golf course than it was last year,” he said.
“It’s going to play tough. The rough is pretty thick, and the fairways are pretty narrow, just like they were in the US Open. It’s going to be a good test of golf.”
One hundred players will advance from this week’s field to play the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, and 70 from there will go forward to the BMW Championship.
The top 30 from the Crooked Stick Golf Club in Indiana then move forward to Atlanta for the Tour Championship finale and a shot at the US dollars 10 million prize.