Category: Bubba Watson

November 25, 2013

Bubba Watson shoots 81 with just one club

Posted at 12:01 PM by Cameron Morfit

Bubba_640Shotmaker extraordinaire Bubba Watson at the 2013 Travelers Championship (Carlos M. Saavedra/SI).

Golf instructor Tim Mitchell has the details on how Bubba Watson shot a spiffy 81 with just one club last month, and explains why you should set up similar challenges for yourself to sharpen your own game.

I thought I’d share a fun experience that took place last month at Pelican Hill Golf Club, one of the two golf courses where I teach. Bubba Watson showed up with a group of friends with three golf balls in his pocket and a 20-degree hybrid. That was it.

Are you wondering if Bubba’s other 13 clubs were hijacked on the way to the course? I know I did. But Bubba told one of our staff members that he sometimes gets bored using 14 clubs, and occasionally wants to challenge his shot making skills by playing a round with only one club.

In impressive fashion, Bubba shot 81 on the Tom Fazio-designed, par-72 championship golf course. That’s a wonderful illustration of what excelling at the game of golf is really about: having multiple skill sets that give any golfer the ability to control the golf ball with whatever club they have in their hands and whatever swing they bring to the course.

Mitchell says the one-club challenge is exactly the type of game that will disabuse you of the idea that you need to hit every shot perfect. 

It is never too early or too late to learn how to control the golf ball, regardless of where you are in your journey of trying to achieve a “perfect swing.” There are so many golfers in the history of the game who didn’t have perfect swings, but they still managed to beat all the players who did. That should tell you that your quest for a perfect golf swing is likely shortsighted.

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September 26, 2013

Dufner, Watson, Kim featured on SI's Twitter 100

Posted at 11:03 AM by Pete Madden
via Twitter
@JasonDufner, @bubbawatson, @TheChristinaKim


Three golfers -- Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and Christina Kim -- were named in the third installment of Sports Illustrated's Twitter 100, accounts "essential to [SI and staffers'] daily routine for finding news, information and entertainment from the sports world."

@JasonDufner has ridden the #Dufnering meme to social media stardom:

The 2013 PGA Championship winner may be a stoic figure on the course, but off it, he’s extremely engaging (despite his demeanor in the photo that launched the Dufnering meme). When he tees it up on Twitter, Dufner comes across as an everyday guy sharing his opinions on football and current events.

@bubbawatson scores points for honesty and accessibility:

The 2012 Masters champion isn't the most prolific of athletes on Twitter, but that doesn’t diminish the pleasure of the Florida native’s sunny, laid-back and always irreverent feed. Sharing a look inside his life on the green and as a father, Watson also engages with his followers through his #BubbaTalk hashtag.

@TheChristinaKim is just enjoying the journey:

With candor, style, irrepressible charisma and honesty, Kim lets you in on the life of a professional golfer. She tweets from everywhere – and tweets often – about her life, her game, her losing luggage and whatever else is on her mind. She’s also well-connected to players on the PGA Tour, and it’s fun to follow her stream of consciousness (and instructional takes) during a PGA event. A must-follow for any golf fan.

Do you follow any golfers who you think deserved to make the list? Tell us.

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September 23, 2013

Video: Bubba Watson stars in ESPN commerical

Posted at 2:19 PM by Mike Walker

Bubba Watson and his caddie Ted Scott have starring roles in the latest commercial for ESPN's flagship SportsCenter program. In the clip, Watson makes one of his famous escape shots from behind a tree. After Bubba successfully hits the shot, his caddie offers him a fist bump and hums the beginning of the famous SportsCenter theme "dadada," to which Watson responds "dadada."

In addition to Watson, the commercial features Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, tennis player Maria Sharapova and NBA all-star Stephen Curry all humming the SportsCenter theme, which is probably as recognizable to sports fans as the opening notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

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September 05, 2013

Bubba: Slow play bigger problem than anchored putters

Posted at 11:56 AM by Scooby Axson


The USGA and R&A have banned anchored putting -- effective Jan. 1, 2016 -- but Bubba Watson said that golf's ruling bodies still need to address the biggest problem in the game: slow play.

"Slow play is a problem on the PGA Tour, and I think that's our biggest concern."

"We are worried about putters and golf balls and all these things, but I think we should be more concerned about slow play and speeding the game up, not just for pros but for amateur golfers, as well," Watson said. "Nobody wants to play a game that takes five and a half hours to play. We want everybody to be able to play and go a lot faster."

According to Reuters, Watson made the remarks to the organizers of the Asian Tour's Thailand Golf Championship, which Watson will play later this year. Two Asian players were penalized for slow play at the 2013 majors: Guan Tianlang was hit with a one-stroke penalty at Augusta this year and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama was also being penalized at the British Open. Both penalties were controversial, but Watson said the penalties could be a learning experience.

"Nobody wants to see a young kid, a young player get that penalty. That penalty is not a fun penalty to get... happened to be Asian players, but I think the youngsters can learn from that."

Watson, who has three top-10 finishes this year, was also asked to assess his game. He hasn't won on tour since winning the 2012 Masters.

"I am happy with my game. Obviously you want to produce better scores. You want to win," he said. "I haven't won yet, but I'm playing well. I feel like I'm playing good."

(Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

August 06, 2013

Video: Bubba Watson's friend catches Bubba's drive

Posted at 10:39 AM by Mike Walker

We knew that Bubba Watson could hit driver off the deck, but not driver off the deck.

Watson posted a smartphone video of himself hitting a drive off the back deck to the backyard of his upstate New York rental house, where a friend of Bubba's catches the drive. Watson even hums the ESPN SportsCenter theme after his friend catches the drive. We just wish he could turn his phone sideways to shoot these in landscape mode. It's not that hard Bubba...

July 26, 2013

Hovercraft golf carts to debut this week at Ohio course

Posted at 1:39 PM by

Getting around a golf course just got a little stranger and a whole lot more stylish. 

Windy Knoll Golf Club in Springfield, Ohio, purchased two BW1 hovercraft golf carts and plan to let golfers use them for the first time this weekend, according to NPR's "It's Only A Game."

Peter Duffey, the managing director of the public course, credits PGA golfer Bubba Watson with the idea. Watson recently posted a YouTube video riding around in a hovercraft cart [see below].

“We are having some trees removed. We are having certain areas where there are things sticking out of the ground near or around where carts frequent at this point [cleaned up] … we do not want to take the chance of being snagged on the air bladder,” Duffey said. “There will be a couple of lakes on the course that we are going to designate for the hovers to pass over. This is all still very new. There’s a lot of planning we’re going through as we speak"

Could this new form of getting around the golf course cause players and fans to be distracted? Well, it depends on how you talk to.

“You know what? I know [the hovercrafts are] going to be so much fun, golf may end up being kind of a secondary item for [players] as they’re on the golf course,” Duffey said.

One thing you could see on the golf course: a lot more accidents.

“We’re going to have to come up with some kind of a sign … where it will instruct the pilots to go or not to go. This is a hover zone this is a hover-free zone,” he said, laughing.

--Posted by Scooby Axson

Photo by Neoteric Hovercraft Inc.

June 23, 2013

Video: Bubba rips caddie for club selection at Travelers

Posted at 8:08 PM by

Bubba Watson blew his chance to win the Travelers Championship with a triple-bogey 6 on the 16th hole, and he knew just whom to blame: caddie Ted Scott. Take a look:

May 03, 2013

Players divided on Tour's failure to punish Vijay Singh

Posted at 5:21 PM by Cameron Morfit

Vijay_ap_300Players at the Wells Fargo Championship have had mixed reactions to the PGA Tour's announcement earlier this week that it will not punish Vijay Singh for using a banned substance. Singh admitted in Sports Illustrated in January to using deer antler spray, which contains the growth factor IGF-1.

The Tour had warned players not to use deer antler spray because it contains IGF-1, which could trigger a positive test in the Tour's anti-doping program. And, according to the Tour's statement earlier this week, the Tour tried to discipline Singh, but he appealed the sanctions. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) then advised the Tour that it had removed deer antler spray from the banned list, exonerating Singh.

Well, not so fast.

According to a report by Golf Channel's Jason Sobel, Tommy Gainey is among those who wonder whether the Tour's failure to discipline Singh sets a bad precedent.

“I’ve got nothing against Vijay –- he’s done a lot; he’s a Hall of Famer – but you just don’t come out and admit that you used a banned substance, then Mr. Finchem and the Tour don’t punish him for it,” Tommy Gainey said Wednesday. "I’ve got a problem with that as a player. Because now it’s on the banned substance list, so there’s no gray area. Either he did or he didn’t. He admitted he did, but he got no punishment. I just think it’s going to open the door for a lot of bad things to happen.”

Even players who refused to come down so hard on the ruling didn't exactly sound thrilled with it.

“They decided it wasn’t banned, so it is what it is,” Gary Woodland said. “There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s good for Vijay and we’ll move on. It’s a tough one. Some guys aren’t happy about it and some don’t care. He won his appeal and we have to move on from there.”

“If they say it’s right, if they say it’s legal, then it’s legal,” Bubba Watson added. “I stand by the PGA Tour. If I had a decision that went that way, I’d have to stand by it. The law is the law. There are laws we have to follow even though we may not like it."

Photo: Vijay Singh at the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship (AP).
April 10, 2013

Bubba Watson records ace in Masters practice round

Posted at 3:21 PM by Coleman McDowell

If Bubba Watson needed another memorable shot at Augusta National, he got one Wednesday morning when he aced the par-3 16th during a practice round.

Gearing up for his green jacket defense, Watson played the back nine with Scott Piercy. Even though Watson had little to say about the hole-in-one after his round, Piercy described the scene to The Chicago Tribune.

"Arms in the air, big smile, like a little kid in the candy store," said Scott Piercy. "That was really cool. To do it on 16 at the Masters, I'm sure it's something he’ll never forget. And I can tell my kids that Bubba Watson made a hole-in-one here, and I saw it."

Bubba did respond to a question on Twitter about his hole-in-one from's Stephanie Wei:

Fifteen aces have been recorded on 16 in the 80-year history of the tournament and we saw two last year during Sunday's final round from Adam Scott and Bo Van Pelt. Watson's nine-iron would be the highest lofted club on the list of clubs used, which includes a 2-iron, a spade mashie and a mashie niblick.

Watson played the 16th in 2-under last year with two birdies and two pars. His quest to become the fourth back-to-back champion in Masters history begins Thursday morning as he tees off at 10:34 a.m. with Ian Poulter and Steven Fox.

Bubba Watson serves mac and cheese at Masters champions dinner

Posted at 2:54 PM by Coleman McDowell

Bubba Watson kept the golf world's food critics in suspense for an entire year. On Tuesday night, his champions dinner was finally revealed -- and served.

Watson tweeted out a picture, below, of last night's menu and ended the drama. The former Masters champs shared a meal consisting of a Caesar salad, grilled chicken breast served with green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese and cornbread with confetti cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Watson's estimated calorie count for the meal checked in at 960 calories per serving, which ranked as the highest count since Mike Weir's meal which consisted of elk and wild boar.

Bubba will have to settle for the signed copy of the menu as his primary keepsake from his 2012 victory since Augusta reclaims the winners' green jackets after one year.


(Phots: @BubbaWatson)

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