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Bubba Watson was tied for the lead after his first six holes Thursday, but saw his momentum reverse the rest of the way. After an opening 74, the big-hitting lefty vowed to take a lot from his experience and try to improve.

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A bogey on the 18th hole, his ninth of the day, was just part of Bubba Watson's trouble on Thursday. (Getty Images)

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM Chief of Correspondents

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Bubba Watson didn’t mince words when asked what he would post on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

"I suck at golf," Watson said after shooting a 74 in the first round of the PGA Championship. Watson’s frustration was heightened considering he had played his first six holes in 4 under and was tied for the lead at the time.

Watson had started on the back side, and he made the turn in 32 after bogeying the 18th hole. He continued the slide with bogeys on his first four holes on the front, made another at No. 5 and a double bogey at the eighth for a 42.

"It was very tough," Watson said. "The golf course is a very difficult golf course. The fairways are hard to hit with all the bunkers and the water. It’s a tough golf course."

Watson, who finished second at last year’s PGA Championship, losing in a playoff, said he plans to concentrate on the first six holes rather than the last 12 as he looks back on the first round.

"I was 3 under, 4 under at one time, so I know I can do it," McIlroy said. "But you know, it’s a learning process. Pretty much your whole life is learning.

"I’m going to take a lot from today. … It might not work tomorrow, it might not work this week, it might not work the rest of this year, but next year hopefully it’ll work."