Bubba Watson loves Augusta National, where he seeks third win


USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio breaks down the top headlines to watch for at the 2017 Masters.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson hasn’t been himself for a while now.

First of all, he’s lost nearly 20 pounds, the result of keeping fried foods off his plate and sugar out of his mouth. And secondly, his results on the golf course have thinned out.

After winning the Northern Trust Open in February of 2016 and finishing second in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship two weeks later, Watson was the favorite heading into last year’s Masters. But he shot 75-75-76-71 and tied for 37th, which began a downward spiral. Starting at the Masters, Watson, the winner of nine PGA Tour titles, has but five top-10s in 23 starts, with three missed cuts and one withdrawal.

After reaching a career-high No. 4 in the official world golf rankings last March, he hasn’t been in contention late on a Sunday since and has fallen to No. 18. And talk…

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