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Watson takes the positives

Masters champion Bubba Watson refused to be too downhearted despite missing the halfway cut by two strokes at the Open.

He shot a level par 72 on Friday but paid the price for his 76 in the first round at Royal Liverpool.

The big-hitting American, who won at Augusta for the second time in April, is not one to dwell on any on-course misfortunes.

He said: "I can't wait to get back to see my wife and child. If I make the cut, if somehow a miracle happens, I'll be ready to go tomorrow and be pumped up about it.

"But I don't let stuff linger, I'm not that kind of a person. I've got more issues to worry about than missed putts."

Watson admitted that he would probably not spend the rest of the day watching the coverage of the tournament on TV.

"Some coverage is no fun to watch," he added. "I hate the negative comments. Guys are trying their hardest but we always hear, 'Oh, that's terrible', 'I did this when I was 17 years old, shot 63 before'.

"There's too much negative stuff going on in the world, not just golf. I just can't watch that stuff. The whole year is about rejoicing for me.

"Sometimes you can get too pumped up and you're the greatest golfer in the world. Sometimes you can get too much bad talk when you think you're the worst.

"Next week I could win, this week I'll probably miss the cut. It fluctuates."

Watson added: "I'm trying to stay away from negative and positive. As long as my wife loves me and my child thinks daddy is the greatest then I'm good to go."