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Watson backs young guns

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Bubba Watson feels the emergence of talented new players to replace the old guard is good for the game of golf.

Tiger Woods dominated the sport for more than a decade, collecting 14 major titles along the way, while the likes of Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els are players now well into their fifth decade who have enjoyed considerable success.

But while the trio still ply their trade around the world, it is the young guns such as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth who are now the household names, and Watson, who has two Masters titles to his name, feels the game is better for it.

“There is a clutch of young guys coming through now,” he told “You can say there’s been a changing of the guard.

“That’s great for the game. We are so wrapped up in the likes of Phil Mickleson, Tiger Woods and those guys who have dominated over the last ten years or so.

“But they are getting older and the younger talent are really stepping up to the plate.”

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