As a two-time winner this season, and a two-time winner of the Masters, Bubba Watson arrived at Augusta National on Monday primed to contend for the 2018 Green Jacket.
But the left-handed 39-year-old insisted that he is keeping the excitement of the week in perspective.
"The ultimate goal is never one week," he said. "I'm always looking six months from now and how am I improving. Six months ago, nobody thought I'd have two wins. Obviously I improved. Six months from now I want to be in France. I want to be on the Ryder Cup team.
"So I'm always looking forward and the key is showing improvements. If that's putting on the Green Jacket again, that's great."
This week Watson will complete a tenth appearance at Augusta National and his record is somewhat hit or miss. He claimed victory in 2012 and 2014, but otherwise has a best finish of T20th on debut in 2008.
That boom or bust pattern might be explained by his on-course strategy, which refutes the notion of missing Augusta greens on the correct side.
"For me, personally, I don't understand that," he added. "I'm not trying to 'miss' it. I'm trying to hit the shot.
"If you miss a shot, you want to leave an uphill chip; you don't want to leave it short-sided or above the hole. But I'm not thinking about my miss - I'm always thinking about my good shot."
With wins in the Genesis Open and last time out in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Watson's game could not be in better shape.
"I feel good," he admitted. "The health is good, although I'd like to gain about five more pounds. Getting some trophies is nice. It shows that I'm playing some pretty good golf.
"I love the game. That wasn't the problem. It's the execution. The mental part was not there."
It is now. Watson is 16/1 to win the tournament outright, 20/1 to finish the week as the Top American and 22/1 to be the First Round Leader.
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