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Bubba Watson isn't a fan of revamped Phoenix Open course

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Bubba Watson summoned his inner Marshawn Lynch on Wednesday.

Watson made it clear that he didn't want to be playing in this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale. The PGA Tour event starts Thursday.

"I don't like it," Watson said. "I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all. I just mentioned why I'm here. I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here."

Watson opened his news conference by saying the three sponsors -- Ping, Oakley and Stance Socks -- will have a significant presence at this weekend's tournament. And that's why he's here.

"Obviously I'm here because of my sponsors and everything," he said. "So, I love coming here. It's always great weather. Used to have a house here. It's always beautiful coming here and playing here."

After praising the condition of the course, which Watson said was in the best condition he has ever seen it after he played here two weeks ago, Watson said he didn't agree with the changes made to the Stadium Course last year.

The course went through a significant overhaul in 2015, which added about 50 yards and removed seven bunkers. The second and third greens were redesigned. The fourth green was redesigned and relocated. And the 14th hole was lengthened to 490 yards.

At last year's tournament, designer Tom Weiskopf said the longer 14th was an "equalizer." A large bunker was also added on the left side of the 18th fairway, but it would take 360 yards to carry the bunker.

"I didn't see any reason to change it," Watson said. "You know, again, they didn't ask me. It's just my own opinion. I didn't see any reason to change it."

Watson said he also didn't like that the course plays narrower after its redesign.

"Just to me, it just seems like all they did is just tightened it up," he said. "Scores didn't change. It just makes it goofier and tougher, which is not fun for us. We came here for a reason. We came here because we want to play golf and shoot good scores.

"But why? Five-hundred thousand people show up here. I didn't see there is a reason to change something that's not broke."

Watson said he believes the course is now suited for long hitters, like himself. He finished tied for second the last two years and tied for fifth in 2012. The difference between him winning at TPC Scottsdale has been putting, he said. With quicker greens this week, Watson said he has "to just try to make one or two more putts than the other guys."

"Look at the last few years. Big hitters have won," he said. "They have made more putts than me. I feel like I have a shot if I can keep my head on straight.

"Obviously, my record shows around here. I feel good. I'm hitting the ball really good."