Bubba Watson receives his first major top-three finish of 2019 in Thailand

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I want to address for the first time one of the situations that I’ve had to deal with, for the better part of the last three years,” Bubba Watson says.

“During golf, after most days I’m having a really stressful day, it’s like I get mentally and physically drained and it’s like I’m going to die, basically.”

Following a missed cut at the Masters in 2017, Watson found himself drinking heavily.

“I was struggling. Now I’m out of the lifestyle that I’ve had in the last two and a half years,” he explained.

World number three Watson, 37, was named as the PGA’s golfer of the year in 2018 and won the Masters in April.

He was part of a powerful triumvirate of winners at last week’s DP World Tour Championship – the top five in the world all came from that tournament – but he was unable to defend his title.

“I’ve done some things the wrong way, some things that I shouldn’t have done and there’s not enough regret for me,” he added.

“I think I got some maturity. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to play with a lot of great players, learn from them. I want to win more tournaments. I want to win more times.”

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