From scrambled eggs to pulled pork, Watson savours familiarity of Augusta

Golf - The Masters - Augusta National Golf Club - Augusta, Georgia, U.S. - April 5, 2021 Bubba Watson of the U.S. chips onto the 10th green during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder

AUGUSTA, Ga (Reuters) - There are many benefits to membership at the ultra-exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, including access to a pristine course and a chance to rub shoulders with the rich and powerful.

But two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson savours a simpler perk nearly a decade since he threw on the green jacket for the first time: a dedicated staff that knows how he takes his eggs.

"When I walk in, they just ask, 'Are you hungry,' and I'm like, 'Yeah, can you get me something,' and they know what my order is by now," said Watson, days before the start of the year's first golf major.

The 42-year-old American - who, for the record, enjoys a breakfast of two scrambled eggs, two strips of bacon, two biscuits and hashbrowns "without all the fancy stuff in it" - is on the hunt for his first major title since 2014.

He's also trying to break a winless drought that goes back to June 2018, bringing an encyclopedic knowledge of the notoriously challenging Augusta course after 11 Masters appearances.

"The more you play it, the more you understand it," the 12-time PGA Tour winner told reporters. "That doesn't mean you're going to play well. Doesn't mean you're going to win. Just means you understand how difficult it is ... the golf course changes nonstop."

Watson - who also let it be known he prefers the club's pulled pork and pimento cheese sandwiches over its egg salad - appeared on Saturday to cheer on the Augusta National Women's Amateur, which debuted in 2019.

"What they're doing for the game of golf all over the board, all over the world is giving people hope, giving people inspiration, giving people dreams," said Watson. "To be a part of that is a no-brainer for me. It's fun."

(Writing by Amy Tennery in New York; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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