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Age: 33.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 7.

Worldwide wins: 4.

Majors: Masters (2012).

Best 2012 performances: Won the Masters.

2012 majors: Masters-1, US Open-Cut, British Open-T23.

Backspin: Players who win majors early tend to fare well the rest of the year, so maybe Bubba is due. It won’t be from burnout, as he will have played only six times since the Masters when he arrives at Kiawah Island. Watson’s length should help him, and he can move the ball wherever he wants. He is familiar with this kind of Southern coastal golf, though the wind might not be ideal if it kicks up. The last player to win the Masters and PGA Championship in the same year? Jack Nicklaus in 1975.



Age: 34.

Country: United States.

World ranking: 49.

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