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Saturday 19 August 2017

All pressure on Rory: Bubba

US Masters champion Bubba Watson could join elite company with a successful title defence at Augusta National next month but said yesterday world number one Rory McIlroy will face more pressure at the year's first major.

Watson, 36, will be gunning to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods as the only players to win consecutive green jackets.

"I don't have any pressure," Watson, who also won at Augusta in 2012, told reporters on a conference call. "I've already got two jackets. Obviously, I think he (McIlroy) would have more pressure than me."

McIlroy, 25, will arrive at the fabled golf course seeking a Masters crown to complete a career grand slam.

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