Watson only player with Grand Slam shot

June, 14, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO -- It has been 10 years since an American won the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same year. Tiger Woods captured them both in 2002, the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1972 to accomplish that double.

To find two different Americans to win the first two majors, you have to go back to 1998, when Mark O'Meara won the Masters and Lee Janzen won the U.S. Open at Olympic.

Bubba Watson, of course, has the chance to become the first player since Woods in 2002 to win the first two majors in the same year as the U.S. Open gets under way at the Olympic Club.

But the Masters champ didn't sound too confident.

"It's going to be all about mental,'' he said. "You know you're going to make mistakes. You know you're going to make bogeys. You have to keep going. What is par, 70? It's not really 70. It's over par, 5 over at the end of the week just like at Oakmont [in 2007] probably has a great shot at winning. Unless something changes dramatically with the weather or something like that.''

Watson has played just twice since his Masters win, a tie for 18th in New Orleans and a missed cut at the Memorial, where he said he was rusty. His initial thoughts about Olympic were not real positive, either.

"It's going to be tough,'' he said. "I don't want to come out here and shoot 80. There's an 80 lurking. After four days of golf, if there's not an 80, then I like it all right.''

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com. He can be reached at BobHarig@gmail.com.

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