April 11, 2013 |
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.
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.
June 22, 2013 |
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.
April 9, 2015 |
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?
June 14, 2012 |
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)
June 14, 2012 |
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.
April 8, 2012 |
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.
June 8, 2012 |
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.
April 16, 2012 |
SAVE THE fitness trailer for the rest of the PGA Tour, Carl Pettersson knows he's fine the way he is. Petterson used another fast start for a 2-under 69 and a five-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Pettersson has never fit the tapered, powerful build made popular by Tiger Woods and copied by scores of young players. The one time the 34-year-old Pettersson did slim down and lost 30 pounds, he also lost his winning golf swing.
April 10, 2013 |
* 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)