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Watson says U.S. Open is "too tough"

Maverick golfer and 2012 U.S. Masters champion Bubba Watson conceded defeat after just the first day of the U.S. Open at Olympic Club following a dismal eight-over-par 78.

"It beat me up today," he told the gathered media. "It's beating me by eight right now.

"This course is just not good for me. It's a lot better than I am."

The 33-year-old won the hearts and minds of the onlooking gallery at Augusta with his spectacular brand of innovative shot-making entitled "Bubba Golf" capped by an extraordinary approach shot from the rough to take the major in a playoff.

But his big-hitting style has been totally unsuited to the narrow fairways and roughs of the Lake Course, particularly on the tricky 18th hole where he double-bogeyed. He's no closer to working it out after his first round, either.

"I just couldn't get anything going. I never got any rhythm, everything was just a little off," he said.

"It's disappointing starting off like this, it doesn't matter what tournament.

"I've got to just come out and try to play it (the course). Obviously it beat me today."

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