The world No 4 had a low-key week in his pursuit of a third Green Jacket as he finished in the group tied-38th, some 19 shots adrift of winner Jordan Spieth.
Watson???s result was his worst since a tied-64th finish at August???s PGA Championship, although outside of the majors the 36-year-old has made a strong start to 2015 with three top-ten finishes.
The two-time Masters champion is the highest ranked player in this week???s field and is looking for a repeat performance of his last visit to China in November, when he won the WGC-HSBC Champions title in Shanghai.
???Back-to-back wins in China would be pretty special,??? Watson said. ???This is a great opportunity for me to come back to China and play in a new event.
???I???m looking forward to getting to Shenzhen and playing my part in making some history.???
Watson has been grouped alongside last year???s China Open champion Alexander Levy and home interest in China???s Hao-tong Li, with recent European Tour winners Richie Ramsay, Andrew Dodt and Gary Stal all part of the field at Genzon Golf Club.
While Watson was nowhere near contending at the top of the leaderboard last weekend, he hopes to use the experience to be challenging in future tournaments.??
???It???s all about preparing for that next major – maybe next year (at Augusta),??? Watson added after his third round at the Masters. ???You never know what situation you???re going to have, what emotions you’re going to have.??
“You just always try to get better and prepare for the next time.???