Allergies force Bubba Watson to withdraw at Bay Hill

Bubba Watson withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill citing allergies.

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Bubba Watson withdrew shortly after his first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Thursday at Bay Hill, citing allergies.

Watson, who lives in nearby Isleworth in Windermere, Fla., shot 11-over 83, a round that included one birdie, a triple bogey at the par-4 18th and an 11 at the par-5 sixth hole.

At the sixth, Watson put three tee balls into the water left. He then found the right rough with his seventh shot and after missing the green well short with his ninth, two-putted for the 11.

Watson was making his ninth start at Bay Hill. His best finish, a T-4, came in 2012.