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by lim teik huat AND ashreena pillai
Keegan Bradley (left) and Bubba Watson at the KLGCC course on Oct 25, 2013. Bubba carded a seven-under 65 in the third round of the CIMB Classic for a total score of four-under 212.
KUALA LUMPUR: American Bubba Watson finally lived up to his reputation as a Major winner as he fired a seven-under 65 in the third round of the CIMB Classic at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC).
It was the 2012 Masters winner’s best round to date and he vaulted to 24th spot on a total of four-under 212.
It was a big turnaround from the first day of play, which saw Watson lying four rungs from the bottom of the 78-player field after turning up a miserable six-over 78.
Watson fared slightly better with a three-under 69 on Friday but the 34-year-old was still getting used to the course as he fired away an eagle and seven birdies.
The only blemishes were two dropped shots on the seventh and ninth which he blamed on the new irons he was using.
“I’m playing obviously a bit better but I hit three swings on the first day that cost me some doubles, so that’s my six shots.
“You know, these are new irons ... trying them out ... got to learn to trust them.
“When you make putts on a golf course, you can play pretty well and I played with Keegan (Bradley) the first two days and saw him make putts left and right, so I just made some putts today,” said Bubba, who added he was most impressed by the challenges posed by the course.
“For me, off the tee, it was really tough, really demanding.
“I didn’t know the course was like that, so when I got here, it makes it even tougher.
“It’s hard for me to judge the distance, especially with these firm greens.
“Soft fairways and firm greens are a weird combination, so it makes it tough.
“But if you’re playing well and you’re striking the ball well and making putts, you can obviously play any golf course out there,” he said.
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