The 2012 Masters champ is a huge crowd favorite and can make just about every shot imaginable in golf. However, his game is not suited for the US Open. Bubba does not know the meaning of dial back, as he will go-for-broke on every shot.
His all-in style worked at Augusta because there are places to miss and it is possible to recover. In the US Open, that luxury is not present.
Bubba’s recovery skills were on-point during Masters week, but normally he is highly suspect at getting out of trouble. On tour Watson ranks 96th in scrambling and 86th in bounce-back birdie percentage, and both stats are highly relevant in a US Open.
Watson’s other big issue that will hold him back is the fact that he is not a great putter. To compete or to even make the cut at our national championship, one has to be solid with the flat stick. Bubba is an awful 164th on tour in total putting and 166th in stokes gained putting.