Bubba Watson exits Torrey Pines due to flu

MARK LAMPORT-STOKES
Last updated 08:50 25/01/2013

Relevant offers

Golf

Padraig Harrington holds lead at PGA National as play abandoned Rory McIlroy misses the cut at PGA National Rory McIlroy relishes being golf's top man as he eyes a Masters victory Journeyman leads in Florida, Rory McIlroy struggles Live: Lydia Ko in action on the final at the New Zealand Women's Open at Clearwater American golfer Beth Allen hopes to mark special date with New Zealand Open win Kieran Muir holds off Ryan Fox challenge to take out the Brian Perry Classic title Lydia Ko let down by putting in first round of NZ Women's Open at Clearwater Clearwater golf course greenkeeper Sam Langrope to volunteer at US Masters Live: Lydia Ko in action at the New Zealand Women's Open at Clearwater

 

Masters champion Bubba Watson has pulled out of this week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines because of flu, PGA Tour officials said today.

Watson, who had been scheduled to tee off in today's opening round in a high-profile grouping with three-times winner Phil Mickelson and defending champion Brandt Snedeker, has been replaced by PGA Tour veteran Billy Mayfair.

"Pulling out of tourney this morning, don't have energy for golf. Feel the same as Maui. Got to say thanks to my peeps for the prayers!," Watson tweeted earlier.

"Wife and I are sick, hope little man doesn't get it. Time to rest and be ready to play next week."

Left-hander Watson endured a stomach complaint in the PGA Tour's season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui where he tied for fourth and has not competed since then.

A four-times winner on the PGA Tour, he is one of the biggest drawcards in the game with his prodigious length off the tee and his creative shot-making.

Watson is also a former champion at the Farmers Insurance Open, having triumphed by one shot in 2011 after holding off late charges by Mickelson and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content