Tag:bubba watson
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:33 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 1:23 pm

Matches we'd love to see at the Accenture

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy shake hands earlier this season in Abu Dhabi. (Getty Images)

By Shane Bacon

We know, we know, predicting things in golf is absolutely impossible, but the interesting nature of match play has us thinking ahead. What are the best possible matches that COULD happen this week at the Accenture? These are our favorite possible matchups. 

Nick Watney vs. Tiger Woods (second round) -- Any match Tiger is in will be featured, but I’d love see a player like Watney go up against him Tiger in a fairly even match.

Graeme McDowell vs. Hunter Mahan (second round) -- I’m fairly certain Mahan would love a piece of McDowell in match player after what happened at the 2010 Ryder Cup, and it would be the featured round of Thursday.  

Sergio Garcia vs. Keegan Bradley (second round) -- I’d like this just for the pre-match ceremony where Garcia hands over the “Incredibly Long Pre-Shot Gold Medal.” He’s held it for so many years!  

Adam Scott vs. Dustin Johnson (third round) -- I just like the idea of zero University of Arizona girls going to class on Friday so they can head out and see Mr. Scott vs. Mr. Johnson. 

Lee Westwood vs. Tiger Woods (third round) -- A clash of titans before the quarter-finals? Yes please.  

Rory McIlroy vs. Sergio Garcia (third round) -- Probably the best chance for McIlroy to get upset out of his bracket, Garcia is headed in playing some seriously good golf, and two of the bigger names in the game would bring tons of attention to the Gary Player bracket. 

Martin Kaymer vs. Bubba Watson (third round) -- I think just about everyone would be excited to see this rematch of the 2011 semi-finals, just as long as Kaymer leaves the scarf at home. 

Rory McIlroy vs. Jason Day (quarter-finals) -- I have a feeling this will happen, and I’m absolutely jazzed about it. 

Ben Crane vs. Kevin Na (quarter-finals) -- Can an entire match be put on the clock? Can even the guy putting people on the clock be put on the clock? No chance this isn't the final match of the day. It has to be!   

Rory McIlroy vs. Tiger Woods (semi-finals) -- Do I really need to explain why this would be awesome? 

Luke Donald vs. Tiger Woods (finals) -- Because I’d really like to see Tiger get his first win in something like this, over a bunch of big names, the last being the world number one. I think that would really show just where he is with his golf game, and give the guy about a 400 percent boost, confidence-wise. 

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 9:50 am

Forget the ball: This time, Bubba gets bopped

NORTON, Mass. -- Steve Elkington is perhaps the most fearless guy on the PGA Tour.

And it has nothing to do with his style of play.

The former major winner, who has been known to produce some colorful drawings and caricatures of his peers, is part of a website called Secretinthedirt.com that not only is provocative, but has got to be downright cringe-inducing for some of his brethren.

Already this week, Elk's site has absolutely skewered Phil Mickelson for switching to the belly putter -- the drawing suggested that Phil put the end of the putter in his belly between the cake and a chili dog -- and Monday morning he chided Bubba Watson for his occasionally meandering TV interviews.

A couple of years ago, Watson was caught by TV microphones ripping into playing partner Elkington, whom he believed kept moving as Watson was preparing to hit. Watson was overheard saying, "Tell you what, veterans can kiss my ass."

They have since become pretty good friends. Good thing. 

Elkington, who has a classic, no-holds-barred, Aussie sense of humor, posted a rather wild-eyed caricature of Watson, a few hours before he took a one-shot lead into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

When Watson saw the artwork, he Tweeted, "Awesome!"

Of course, it's unclear how Mickelson -- whom Elkington has routinely touted as the best thing the PGA Tour has going -- felt about the belly putter gag (see below) he unveiled earlier this week when Lefty switched to the long stick. 

Elk is fearless, to say the least. A slew of Elk's other targets, including Tim Finchem and the FedEx Cup, can be viewed in the Cartoon Corner at www.secretinthedirt.com/



Posted on: August 11, 2011 6:30 pm

Stake driven through heart of Bubba's round

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- For those who felt like Tiger Woods had a mercurial round on a scorching day at the PGA Championship, consider the plight of Bubba Watson.

Like Woods, Watson held the lead early in the fourth round, and eventually climbed to 4 under par. Then came his second nine, and it was a tale of two scorecards.

After playing his first eight holes in 4 under, including three holes in the Atlanta Athletic Club's tough closing stretch, Watson shot 42 coming home and finished with a 4-over-par 74.

In other words, Watson shot 32-42 and played his final 10 holes in eight over. Similarly, Woods was 3 under at one stage and eventually shot 77. Watson, who lost the PGA title in a playoff last year, said he came undone when he became distracted.

"Things happen," he said. "I had a situation that happened on No. 1, my 10th hole, where I was in the bunker and the [marshal] guy started banging on the stake after they took out the stake for [playing partner Jeff] Overton.

"It happened right when I swung and I lost focus, and lost focus for the rest of the day, and I was mad. I wasn't mad at the volunteer, I was mad at myself because I just lost focus."

Watson birdied four in a row on his front nine, then bogeyed six out of seven in a stretch that followed.

An avid Twitterer, he was asked what message he planned to send to his followers.

"I suck at golf," he said.

Category: Golf
Posted on: August 6, 2011 4:43 pm

Bubba on Tiger: 'He's really close'

AKRON, Ohio -- It wasn't pretty.

It wasn't particularly effective, either.

But it marked another step of perceived progress for Tiger Woods on Saturday at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods shot his highest score of the week, a 2-over 72, and fell into a tie for 38th in his first full tournament since April, leaving him 13 strokes behind leader Adam Scott at Firestone Country Club.

Despite playing on a venue where he has seven career victories, Woods struggled mightily and missed every fairway on the front nine before finally settling into something of a rhythm on the inward half.

"Today was a struggle," he said. "But I pieced it back together, which was nice. I'm still fighting my old patterns."

That would include a run of less-than-spectacular results, compared to what people are accustomed to. Woods hasn’t won in 22 months on the PGA Tour and has been fighting injury and off-the-course travails for most of that time. He's found 17 of 42 fairways this week to rank T74 in a 76-man field, and isn’t much better at T53 in putts.

Woods explained that he isn’t curving the ball as much with his new swing and hasn't dialed in his launch patterns quite yet, so to speak.

"I've hit it flush all week," he said. "I'm trying to get used to my new setup and lines."

Because he was positioned dead in the middle of the pack after 36 holes and the PGA Tour sent players off both tees in threesomes to beat some forecast weather, Woods was in the first group off the first tee at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. He played alongside Bubba Watson and Ian Poulter, who both are ranked higher than he is in the world ranking.

Data is a bit sketchy, but it's believed to be the first time since his rookie year that Woods played with two higher-ranked players. Woods has skidded 26 positions this year to No. 28 in the world.

Woods has also had some misadventures on the greens, where he has missed two putts from around 30 inches this week and had another take a 360-degree tour of the cup before toppling in.

Yet Watson, who shot 2-under 68 and moved up to T20, still came away impressed by what he saw in his former practice-round partner.

"He didn’t make any putts, that's really what it was," said Watson, a two-time winner this year. "Those momentum putts.

"He's really close. I wouldn’t be surprised if he played really well tomorrow and then won next week."

Posted on: June 16, 2011 3:17 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 3:28 pm

Watson blows lead, blows off inquisitors

BETHESDA, Md. -- The name of the eye-rolling, boy-band video spoof that Bubba Watson and three American pals filmed and released this week is entitled, "Oh, oh, oh."

That's also the thrust of what he uttered as he bogeyed the last three holes of the first round of the 111st U.S. Open on Thursday, dropping out of a tie for first and finishing with an even-par 71.

Watson, one of two players with a pair of PGA Tour victories this season and one of the pre-tournament favorites, was hardly in a goofy, playful mood after signing his card.

Approached in the locker room, the exchange with reporters was downright awkward, if not terse. In fact, it morphed into something akin to "No, no, no."

Reporter: "Bubba, do you have a second to talk?"

Watson: "If you can't say anything good, don't say it."

Reporter: "How about the video?"

Watson: "Nope."

Reporter: "Do you want to talk about going to the White House last night?"

Watson: ''Definitely don't want to talk about that.''

Reporter: "Why, was it bad?"

Watson: (No response).

Watson, who was wearing camouflage-patterned pants Thursday, then put on a pair of lime-green Crocs and left the locker room.

Category: Golf
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:21 pm

Bubba bucks up, doesn't bail, shoots 66

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Bubba Watson could have pulled up his tent stakes and mailed it in on Friday.

Instead, he shot the secoond-best score of the day with a 6-under-66 and made the weekend after all at TPC Sawgrass, a course he freely admits scares the bejeesus out of him.

Watson, riding high with two wins this season, skied to a 4-over 76 in the first round of the Players Championship, leaving him miles outside the projected cut. Instead of going through the motions, he made six birdies and played a bogey-free round.

"Yesterday was all putting," he groused. "My putting sucked. The greens get to me here -- they are so grainy. That's why I moved out of Florida. That's the difference [between the two rounds]."

Watson was asked whether he might have mentally checked out in the past after such a poor opening round, and strongly disagreed with that sentiment.

"I would never mail it in," he said. "I have improved. But I have improved mentally the most. That was just a perfect round of golf, for me."

Category: Golf
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:30 pm

Bubba: Tiger too adrift in coaches, technique

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bubba Watson has won three times in the past 10 months, more than any other American player, so he's certainly earned the right to express an opinion.

Even if he does it with some hesitation.

Watson, who won last week in New Orleans, is among the favorites at the Wells Fargo Championship this week at the Quail Hollow Club, which happens to be the first site where he finished ahead of Tiger Woods two years ago.

Watson, who has never used a formal coach and is the epitome of a feel player, thinks too many players use their coaches and sports psychologists as crutches -- including the fading former world No. 1.

Prominent coach-player breakups were back in the news this week as Sean O'Hair stopped using Sean Foley as his swing guru. Watson just sort of shrugged.

"Well, I laugh, but it's just not my way," he said. "I'm good friends with Sean Foley, I'm good friends with Hank Haney, with Butch [Harmon]. I know them as people, I know them as friends, but I don't ask them for advice. But it's just not the way I go about it.

"All of us are good at golf.  Sometimes I think some of the great players, they get too wrapped up in the mental part. You know, I think ... yeah, I'll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger is going the wrong way."

With that, he was off and running. He's hardly the first to espouse the viewpoint that Woods has been too reliant on too many swing coaches over the years.

"I think he's so mental right now with his swing," Watson said. "Just go out there and play golf. He used to hit shots, used to bomb it, used to do all that stuff.  In 2000, and '97 I think he did pretty good. He won the Masters by 48 shots or whatever he won it by.  But I think sometimes he gets carried away on that. A lot of guys do. The mental part of it, I get carried away sometimes. I think I'm not very good.

"But yeah, when you start talking about other people trying to help you with your swing, look at this, look at that, I think they take a step back. So I'm hoping they all get coaches."

Posted on: March 17, 2011 5:42 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 5:43 pm

Watson says sunglasses clearly up to snuff

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- One of the oddest of Bubba Watson's many quirky chararacteristics is that, sometimes, it's hard to tell when he's kidding. He doesn't always make eye contact and sometimes stares at a fixed point in the distance, making it tougher to get a read on him.

Watson, who along with Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney has led the American charge this season, shot a 1-under 70 in the first round of the Transitions Championship on Thursday, then held court afterward about the acute allergy issues that led to his withdrawal last week at Doral.

Watson said he had a sinus infection last week that was so bad, he couldn't play and was forced to take antibiotics. As a way of fighting off the insane pollen levels in Florida at this time of year, he's wearing a pair of large sunglasses between shots. We're talking big, Bono-sized shades, Jackie Kennedy-style stuff, to help keep the crud out of his eyes.

Watson was asked about the new look and never cracked a smile.

"I look good in everything," he said. "Simple."
Category: Golf
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