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Watson aims to regain form at Toshiba

GOLF: Hall of Famer has been working on his short game, what seems to be the final step from hip surgery five months ago.

March 05, 2009|By Steve Virgen

“Confidence in my putting stroke, bottom line,” Watson said of what will it take to become tournament-ready once again. “Right now, I don’t have enough confidence in my putting stroke. That’s absolutely when you get up there to putt and you’re thinking about missing it rather than making your shot, you’re done. Toast. Stick a fork in you.”

If Watson is able to get that confidence in his putting, he’ll be in line to go back to winning. The hip surgery, he said, has actually allowed him to gain more free motion on his hip when it goes through impact.

“If I want to make it if I can turn the hip a little bit more, it feels a little loose down there,” he said. “Some parts are a little loose, even though I feel no pain.

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“... Now there’s just no repercussions at all from the operation five months later, and I’m very grateful for that. I can sleep at night.”

Watson is hoping he can go to sleep Sunday with a Toshiba championship.


STEVE VIRGEN may be reached at (714) 966-4616 or by e-mail at steve.virgen@latimes.com.

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