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Masters 2015: Tom Watson keeps his game elementary and proves a point to Phil Mickelson

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Bubba Watson tees off at the first yesterday to get his Masters defence under way at Augusta National

Masters 2015: Bubba Watson has blips but still carries off calm look of a champion

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Twice winner Tom Watson produced a one-under-par 71

Masters 2015: Tom Watson keeps his game elementary and proves a point to Phil Mickelson

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