By focusing on all the positives in his life and 'rejoicing' in
his many family blessings, the American left-hander has produced the
most consistent PGA Tour season of his career, highlighted by two
victories and two runner-up spots.
"It's more mental than anything, looking at life differently this
whole year," Watson told reporters at Pinehurst on a hot and muggy
Tuesday as he prepared for Thursday's opening round at the U.S.
"We started last year, end of last year, talking about rejoicing.
2014 is about rejoicing, rejoicing in all the blessings that I have
in my life. My beautiful wife, beautiful son, my team around me, I
get to play golf on the PGA Tour.
"Sometimes ... I lose perspective of that and I lose perspective of
how great we have it on the PGA Tour, how great we have it to play
golf for a living. There's going to be days that I pout but right
now it's pretty good."
Watson, who won this year's Masters by three shots to claim his
second green jacket, is now able to celebrate the positives from
situations where squandered opportunities to win would previously
have haunted him.
"Even when I missed a short put in Phoenix and I finished third in
Memorial, when I had chances to win, it is still pretty good to
finish second and third in some of those events," said the
"My mental state is in the right spot. I'm focused on the right
things now. I am just more consistent at the game of golf because of
all the other stuff ... the mental side of it.
"That's how I'm looking at it and right now it's working," said
Watson, a six-times winner on the PGA Tour.
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Known for his prodigious length off the tee, his pink-shafted driver
with a pink head and his often audacious shot-making, Watson likes
the look of Pinehurst's fabled No. 2 Course which is renowned for
its inverted-saucer greens.
The par-70 layout, designed by Donald Ross and opened for play in
1907, was renovated in 2011 by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore who
reintroduced Ross's initial specifications of hardpan, natural
bunker edges and native wire grasses.
"This looks like the same golf course I grew up on, a lot of pine
trees, sand everywhere," said Watson, referring to Tanglewood Golf &
Country Club in Milton, Florida.
"We don't call it natural (waste) areas, we call it 'not very good
conditions' where I grew up," he added with a grin. "So I'm used to
hitting out of sand and hardpan with, we call it weeds where I grew
"Playing out of that stuff, I'm used to that. When I'm in there I'm
actually comfortable. I've grown up playing golf that way."
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Gene Cherry)
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