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April 11, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - "The Shot" has been replayed on television maybe hundreds of times, the strike off pine straw from 164 yards out that Bubba Watson managed to hook at almost a 90-degree angle around some trees and onto the 10th green, where he 2-putted for par and a victory in a playoff last year at the Masters. As one can imagine, that spot well to the right of Augusta National Golf Club's 10th fairway has attracted a lot of attention from fans this week while 93 contestants prepared for Thursday's first round of golf's first major championship of 2013.
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April 10, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Bubba Watson, on his second shot on No. 10: a 150-yard, uphill 52-degree wedge he worked 50 yards, left-to-right, to within 10 feet, securing a win in the Masters over Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of sudden death: "I had the club a little hooded, which is going to make it draw, spin that way [left-to-right]. For me, being lefthanded, it's going to be a draw. My stance was closed a little bit. I took one less club, because I was going to be swinging at it so hard.
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June 22, 2013 | Associated Press
CROMWELL, Conn. - Bubba Watson shot a 3-under-par 67 on Friday to take a 2-stroke lead over Patrick Reed and Padraig Harrington after two rounds of the Travelers Championship. Watson, the 2010 Travelers champion, was at 10-under 130 after two days of play at the TPC-River Highlands. Reed and Harrington were at 8-under after both shot 66s in the second round. Four players, including 2007 champion Hunter Mahan, were tied for fourth at 7-under. One week after winning the U.S. Open at Merion, Justin Rose was tied for 12th at 5-under.
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April 9, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - For Bubba Watson, the owner of two Masters green jackets, the walk around Augusta National Golf Club remains the stuff of dreams. "Me and my caddie [Ted Scott] are walking up No. 9 and I said, 'Teddy, I just can't even believe it,' " the defending champion said Tuesday. "And Teddy is the same way. We're talking about it and I just said, 'Teddy, I'm still trying to get over 2012 and I haven't even got to 2014 yet.' "You ask yourself, how does a guy from my background make it?
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June 14, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO - Phil Mickelson admits that he's had problems this year with "mental lethargy" while starting out in golf tournaments, an issue that would have him climbing a steep mountain should it strike in Thursday's first round of the U.S. Open. But Mickelson feels no sign of sluggishness on the horizon this week. That's because he is teeing off with Tiger Woods and Masters champion Bubba Watson in the featured Open grouping of Thursday morning at the Olympic Club. When Mickelson arrives for his 7:33 a.m. (10:33 a.m. in Philadelphia)
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June 14, 2012 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - This week's U.S. Open will be the 17th major for Gerry Lester Watson Jr., otherwise known as Bubba. Yet it's the first time he is playing as the guy who just won the last one. There must be a country song in there somewhere. "It's been fun," said the man who won the Masters in April, not long after he and his wife adopted their first child, a son. "It's been life-changing. "But golf has been like the last thing. Everybody starts asking questions, and my manager is, like, golf needs to be the first thing when I come back, and not about the media and doing all these fun things.
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April 8, 2012 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It took nearly eight decades, but a Bubba finally won the South's indelible gift to golf. So maybe they'll have to hold next year's Champions Dinner over at the Sticky Fingers off Bobby Jones Parkway. On another brilliant afternoon on which Augusta National again showed why it'll forever remain the most compelling theater on the food chain, an emotional, 33-year-old former Georgia Bulldog, who'd pretty much just been hanging around for the better part of 3 days, shot 4-under par on the final nine holes of regulation, including four straight birdies, then beat 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with a two-putt par at No. 10. It was his fourth professional win. His first major and, of course, green jacket, which seemed to go well with that all-white ensemble he wore for the fourth straight time.
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June 8, 2012 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Masters champion Bubba Watson will play in the same group for the opening two rounds of the U.S. Open. It will be the first time Woods and Mickelson have been paired in the U.S. Open since the USGA grouped players off the world ranking at Torrey Pines in 2008. The rankings were used for another big group - Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy, and Lee Westwood. Woods is coming off a win at the Memorial, making him one of the favorites next week at the Olympic Club.
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April 10, 2013 | BY MIKE KERN BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
* Last year was the ninth playoff since the sudden-death format was implemented in 1976. None has gone past the second hole. * Five of the last 10 green jackets have gone to lefthanders. * The eventual champion has come out of the final pairing 19 of the last 22 years. All the exceptions have been in the last six. Only Zach Johnson (who was fourth in 2007) and Bubba Watson (also fourth last year) have won after being lower than tied for second after 54 holes. * Louis Oosthuizen's double-eagle at No. 2 in the final round last year (4 iron from 253 yards)
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April 11, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Eighty-three degrees and mildly humid: perfect weather for the Par-3 Contest on an Augusta Wednesday afternoon. Not so great weather for a woman who is 6 months' pregnant to be walking up and down daunting Georgia hills in Masters coveralls while herding two little girls and caddying for her husband. At 12:45 p.m., beneath a baking midday sun, Nel-Mare Oosthuizen sat panting on the the seventh tee of the Par-3 course as a paramedic and a doctor hurried to her side.
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April 8, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
AUGUSTA, Ga. - It's anybody's ballgame, and that might be the best thing for the ballgame. "I think it's fun for the game to see how close it is, and everyone has their own little favorites," said Jason Day, the new world No. 1. "Some people are Rory (McIlroy). Some people are me. Some people are Jordan Spieth. Some people are Rickie Fowler. " Sure enough, a quick walk around Augusta National reveals allegiances as disparate as an Olympics. There's a couple decked out in Nike, like McIlroy, a dude in adidas shoes, like Day, and dozens of kids sporting UnderArmour like Spieth and the garish Puma colors and flat-brimmed caps that scream, "Rickie!"
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March 7, 2016
Rory McIlroy went into the Cadillac Championship at Doral insisting that everything about his game was solid, and that his ability to contend rested solely on his mental game. His mind must be right. McIlroy made four birdies and no bogeys Saturday in the third round on the Blue Monster, his 4-under 68 getting him to 12 under and 3 shots ahead of Adam Scott and defending champion Dustin Johnson in Doral, Fla. If he wins Sunday, McIlroy would go over $30 million in career PGA Tour earnings, and could get handed the trophy by course owner and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump , who said he will attend the final round, though it's unclear how visible he will be. Bubba Watson (71)
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May 12, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
DONALD SPIETH remembers making the trip from Bethlehem to Dallas to visit his son Shawn's family when his grandson Jordan, the oldest of three children, was around "10 or 12. " He was there at the same time the PGA Tour's AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Championship was being played, which was hardly coincidental. And it was then when he first became aware that Jordan could have some kind of a future swinging golf clubs. "I knew he was taking the sport seriously, playing a lot," the elder Spieth said.
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April 14, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The people who follow professional golf always have sought the next great player since before the days of Arnold Palmer. They found one 18 years ago at the Masters where 21-year-old Tiger Woods set records that few thought would ever be approached. Then Jordan Spieth came along last year and displayed his talent and his competitive nature right away, entering the final 18 holes of his first Masters with a share of the lead. Although he eventually lost to Bubba Watson, he created a buzz where people expected he would contend again someday at Augusta National Golf Club.
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April 10, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Is it really possible for the top-ranked golfer, who's only trying to win his third straight major and complete a career Grand Slam a month shy of his 26th birthday, to come into the Masters flying under the radar? Maybe Rory McIlroy doesn't want to be considered the obvious favorite this week. Too bad. No way it can be Tiger Woods, even though his first sighting in 2 months has driven the price of a tournament badge way up. When asked, Rory suggested defending champ Bubba Watson, who also won a green jacket in 2012.
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April 9, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - For Bubba Watson, the owner of two Masters green jackets, the walk around Augusta National Golf Club remains the stuff of dreams. "Me and my caddie [Ted Scott] are walking up No. 9 and I said, 'Teddy, I just can't even believe it,' " the defending champion said Tuesday. "And Teddy is the same way. We're talking about it and I just said, 'Teddy, I'm still trying to get over 2012 and I haven't even got to 2014 yet.' "You ask yourself, how does a guy from my background make it?
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June 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. – Putting continues to be a source of frustration for Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open, and he admitted Friday that it is affecting his overall play. Mickelson, a six-time runner-up in the Open, saw a promising start to his second round go sour, and his 3-over-par round of 73 left him at 143 and far off the blistering pace set by Martin Kaymer. The 34 putts he needed on the day said it all. "I feel like I'm playing well enough to win except for putting," he said.
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June 11, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - He is still almost seven weeks short of his 21st birthday, and yet Jordan Spieth has spent the 2014 season as a familiar name on the list of contenders before any PGA Tour event he enters. When a field of 156 players tees it up Thursday for the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Spieth will be on that list yet again - and maybe even a little higher up after having a chance to win the Masters and The Players Championship in the last two months.
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June 10, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. - It will be an exercise in tongue-biting, a lesson in lip-gnawing this week and next. When the men of the PGA descend on the new planet called Pinehurst No. 2, they will find themselves faced with an unfamiliar game for the second consecutive U.S. Open. The women, who play their Open on the same course the next week, might never return to North Carolina. Last year, short little Merion with its tight boundaries and its jungles of rough stressed club selection, commitment to uncomfortable lines and deciphering diabolical greens that most of the men had never seen before.
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April 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Jordan Spieth realizes that he probably didn't look as if he was having fun Sunday on the back nine at the Masters as he fruitlessly tried to catch Bubba Watson. But at 20 years old, and playing the Masters with a chance to win in his first time competing, you know he was having a blast. "Whether my face showed it or not on the back nine, I was really enjoying myself and taking it all in," Spieth said after tying for second as a Masters rookie. "Certain shots, you want it so bad and so hard right when you strike it, and you know it's a little off-line.
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