News & ToursFebruary 26, 2011

Watson undone by trademark sweeping cut

MARANA, Ariz. -- Martin Kaymer had to make a putt of just under eight feet to close him out but the go-for-broke style of Bubba Watson may be what cost him a spot in the finals of the Accenture Match Play Championship. When Watson and Kaymer came to the drivable 15th all square, Watson pulled out the pink-shafted driver.

That came as no surprise. But, with the pin back left, Bubba decided to go to his stock-in-trade shot--the massive banana cut. The wind, however, was blowing stoutly from right to left across the hole, meaning Watson's tee shot would have to ride it. The ball finished in the left desert in the middle of a bush and Watson had to take an unplayable, losing the hole to Kaymer's birdie. He lost the par-three 16th to the German's par and Kaymer, the newly anointed, World No. 1 held off the American to make it into the Sunday final against Luke Donald.

-- Jim Moriarty

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