Category: Bubba Watson

April 05, 2013

Video: Matt Lauer, Al Roker borrow Bubba Watson's hovercraft

Posted at 2:56 PM by Mike Walker

Need to take your mind off your morning show’s falling ratings and rumors that’s Anderson Cooper is interested in your job? Try the hovercraft golf cart.

Earlier this week, we saw Bubba Watson drive a customized hovercraft on a golf course in an Oakley promotional video. On Friday’s "Today Show," we got to see Matt Lauer and Al Roker try it out at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. Here’s the clip:

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According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Oakley created the hovercraft golf cart for the video, which they hoped would go viral. (Mission accomplished.)

When Oakley signed Watson to a sponsorship deal at the beginning of this year, says Nathan Strange, the company’s head of global marketing for golf, they immediately set about coming up with ideas for a marketing stunt. “I knew I wanted to do a viral video,” says Strange. “We brainstormed a bunch of ideas, and we ended up with creating the world’s first golf cart hovercraft.” Watson approved. “Bubba was out of his mind,” Strange says. “This is the kind of stuff he loves.” From there, things moved fast. Because of Watson’s tournament schedule, Oakley had only a couple weeks to find a hovercraft maker, build a prototype, and shoot the video. Strange turned to Neoteric Hovercraft in Terre Haute, Ind. The company quickly modified one its base models for duty on the links. And Watson set aside a day in January to cruise around at the Raven club near his home. “He was like a kid getting his first toy,” says Strange.

Oakley certainly got the attention it coveted. Now it has to decide if it really wants to get into the hovercraft business. “To be honest, we haven’t put a whole lot of thought into it,” says Strange. “We specialize in eyewear and apparel and footwear, so it’s not really our core competency.” Still, Oakley may yet partner with Neoteric if the demand is strong enough. Bubba’s hover was built from a model that goes for $16,000 to $20,000. After the video went up, Strange says, Neoteric got a call from a man in Australia who wanted 100.

April 04, 2013

Bubba: I can beat Tiger at Masters 'if he gets sick'

Posted at 1:33 PM by Coleman McDowell


Bubba Watson had the confidence to pull off an unexpected wedge shot in a sudden-death playoff during his 2012 Masters victory, but in an appearance this week on Piers Morgan Live, Watson didn't sound too confident discussing his chances at a repeat performance at Augusta National with Tiger Woods playing so well.

"Hopefully he gets sick. I don't think anybody knows how to beat him. It's one of those things where we want to go out there and play our best. I'm going to go out and play my best, and hopefully it's good enough to beat him. And hopefully he's not on his best."

Watson also had some fun with Morgan, telling Morgan during the interview that he had snuck into his office and left some notes. Morgan later tweeted a picture of one of Bubba's notes:

In his three previous trips to Augusta, Watson finished 20th, 32nd and 48th before his breakthrough victory last year. There hasn't been a back-to-back Masters champ since Tiger's successful title defense in 2002, which marked only the third consecutive champ in the 77-year tournament history.

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April 02, 2013

Video: Check out Bubba Watson's new hovercraft golf cart

Posted at 3:25 PM by Mike Walker

No, it's not an April Fool's Day trick. Bubba Watson's hovercraft golf cart is for real.

According to USA Today's Chris Chase, Watson's hovercraft might be a customized version of a hovercraft manufactured by Neoterich Hovercraft, an Indiana company. No word yet on whether Watson plans to paint the Confederate flag on the roof of his hovercraft to match his other famous vehicle.

March 31, 2013

Bubba Watson and LeBron James share love of 'LeBronald Palmers'

Posted at 12:14 PM by Coleman McDowell

Bubba Watson wore a pair of ugly shoes Friday. But don't tell LeBron James that.

Overshadowed by the #dufnering craze that took over Twitter today, Watson tweeted a picture of him rocking a pair of LeBronald Palmers, officially the LeBron 9 Nike Low's.

LeBron, of course, approved of his kicks since they are named after him anyways.

Bubba thanked him for the shout-out, but King James took it a step further. The Bridgestone Invitational is held in Akron, Ohio, and LeBron wants Bubba to come hang out while he's in the neighborhood.

That's nice of LeBron. But no one stops Bubba from hitting balls in the house.

March 12, 2013

Tiger Woods currently 4-to-1 favorite to win Masters

Posted at 2:11 PM by Coleman McDowell

Tiger-MastersTiger Woods is once again the favorite to win the Masters.

After his win at Doral last weekend, Tiger's odds to win his fifth green jacket currently stand at 4-to-1, according to

The last time the betting favorite actually won the Masters? Tiger Woods in 2005 as a 5-to-1 favorite.

Last year, Bubba Watson won his first major at Augusta National as a 40-to-1 favorite. The defending champion sits at 30-to-1 odds to win with one month left until the tournament.

The top 5

Tiger Woods: 4/1

Rory McIlroy: 9/1

Phil Mickelson: 10/1

Brandt Snedeker: 15/1

Justin Rose: 20/1

Other notables

Graeme McDowell: 50/1

Steve Stricker: 50/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Ernie Els: 80/1

Alan Dunbar: 2000/1

Photo: Tiger Woods at 2012 Masters (Robert Beck/Getty Images)

March 08, 2013

Bubba Watson to move into Tiger's old house at Isleworth

Posted at 5:13 PM by Cameron Morfit

Tiger_houseDORAL, Fla. -- It's old news that Bubba Watson bought a house at Orlando's gated Isleworth community and was remodeling it with hopes of moving in this spring. What he didn't say is it was Tiger Woods's house.

"It's true," Watson said Friday after shooting a second-round 69 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship to move into the top 10 on the leaderboard. "We closed last summer and we're moving in next Thursday or Friday."

Angie Watson is back in Scottsdale with Caleb, the couple's adopted son, and Angie's parents. They're working to pack up the old house, as Orlando will now be the Watsons' primary residence.

"I looked at probably 50 houses before I looked at Tiger's," Bubba Watson said. "A lot of the houses there are old, and we ended up changing everything. We probably saved maybe five percent of it. We built it all around Caleb. There are like three playrooms."

In a lengthy interview in the April issue of Golf Magazine, Watson said he's always lived in gated communities, and a 2012 incident in which the Masters champion and his wife were chased through traffic on their way home only reminded him why. 

"We’ve seen things in the news—our world is crazy," Watson said, "and it’s nice to have that piece of mind when we take walks or go outside."

He will join several Orlando-based Tour pros, including Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

"The one I’ve talked to the most is Charles Howell," Watson said. "He has two kids and talked about how family-oriented Isleworth is. They got programs for kids, tennis camps, golf camps, family night every Wednesday night for dinner. They were all things we wanted to be involved in, and the golf course is really good, too, for me to practice."

As for playing in the Tavistock Cup, he said: "If I make the team—I’ve got to qualify. Hopefully winning the Masters will help me get in."

(Photo: Rick Fowler/Reuters)

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February 27, 2013

Bubba Watson: Rory McIlroy will be No. 1 'for a while'

Posted at 5:45 PM by Mark Dee

Bubba Watson has never been one to sweat equipment changes. So it's not surprising that he isn't concerned about a certain peer who has struggled of late after a notable gear switch.

"I think Rory is going to be No. 1 for a while," Waston said of Rory McIlroy during a Wednesday teleconference hyping Watson's upcoming Masters title defense

"Think about it, we change equipment every year," he said. "We have a new driver come out from Ping, you have a new 3-wood, you have new irons, you have a new golf ball. It might be the same company but it's all new. You've got new golf shoes coming out, so they feel different on your feet. You've got all these new things coming out, so I don't see [switching] as that big of a change."

But there is one thing that does bother Bubba: "I think the biggest change in changing a product would be the logo... I'm a feel player. When something is changed like that, I know it."

Watson added that a couple poor results here and there isn't cause for hitting the panic button, either -- especially if one of those results comes in match play.  

"There's nobody in the history of the game that's been 100 percent on making cuts, so Rory missed the first cut... That's why I think match play is such a goofy tournament anyway. [Losing in] the first round [as McIlroy did last week], I don't see that shows us anything. And a missed cut is a missed cut; everybody going to do it. No matter how many times you try, you can't make every cut."

McIlroy will defend his title at the Honda Classic starting Thursday, a tournament he won last year playing clubs with noticeably different logos.

Watson, meanwhile, won't be there with him. He's got a birthday party to host on Saturday. His son Caleb just turned one.

Bubba Watson: 'Wait to see' menu for Masters Champions Dinner

Posted at 5:25 PM by Mark Dee

Bubba-WatsonAs Bubba Watson's Master-ful Mystery Tour rolls into its 10th month, he's finally had time to reflect on his Augusta triumph. He's had time to go on Letterman, to fall into a post-major slump and play his way out of it. He's had time to watch the Sunday broadcast of his winning round three times on DVR.

And yet he still hasn't made up his mind on the menu for the Champions Dinner.

"We'll wait to see that day what I have," Watson said in a Wednesday teleconference. "I think as Masters champion I should be allowed to just wait to tell everybody."

The culinary suspense surely has certain green-jacketed gourmets on pins, but Bubba was specific about one thing he won't do when he gets to Augusta: revisit the site of that whipsawed gap wedge that won him the tournament a year ago:

No, I want that to live. That might be my only legacy of winning the Masters, so I want that shot to live, and I want it to grow, and hopefully 20 years from now it's even tougher and there was bigger trees and was a tougher situation. So I don't have any reason to go over there. Hopefully I hit the fairway from now on so I don't need to practice that shot anymore.

There may be another reason he won't try to relive the shot: Watson wasn't as impressed with it as everyone else who saw it live or on YouTube since. In fact, it didn't even medal:

The hardest shot I've ever pulled off? I've pulled off a couple more that week early in the week. The one on 17 earlier in that day, what, three holes before that, was harder. One on 11 I think was harder. So that one just in that week that was like No. 4 on the list.

Still, among all those highlights, only one thing really stands out.

"That I won," Watson said. "I actually won it."

(Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP)

February 19, 2013

Bubba Watson: 'I'd rather play stroke play for four days'

Posted at 6:20 PM by Jeff Ritter

Bubba_blogMARANA, Ariz. -- Bubba Watson isn't worried about the weather. He's just not a fan of the match-play format.

"I don't like it. I'd rather play stroke play for four days," Watson told on Tuesday near a practice area here at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain. "You can make an eight on a hole and you're only one down. That's not golf to me. I think it should be, everybody gets up there and tries to shoot a score."

On Tuesday roughly 64 pros warmed up under idyllic desert conditions: bright sky and 70 degrees, with a refreshing breeze.

Hope they enjoyed it. Because Dove Mountain is about to transform into Turnberry.

Wednesday's opening-round forecast calls for a high temperature of 48 degrees with icy showers most of the day. Things should clear up Thursday, but at a tournament known for opening-round upsets and unpredictability, things might get even wilder than usual given the challenging conditions. Watson, for one, isn't worried about the weather.

"There's no difference to me. You're going to have sunny days and you're going to have rainy days. It's just golf," said Watson, whose 5-3 record in this event includes a run to the semifinals in 2011. "Tomorrow you're playing just one guy, you don't have to worry about the whole field, and hopefully you can hit some better shots and make more putts than he does."

Not everyone in the field shares Watson's dispassionate view of the frigid forecast.

"I think it's going to be pretty tough. I think living in Florida has softened me up," said Henrik Stenson, who faces Steve Stricker in his opening match. "I'm not too keen on the cold. It's a bit of a grind."

Stenson, who won this event in 2007 when it was played at La Costa Resort and Spa, added that he's also a fan of the one-on-one battles that happen in match play.

"I love the format. It's very clear what you need to do," said the 2007 champion. "You just have to play better than your opponent."

February 01, 2013

Tim Tebow joins Bubba Watson and Ben Crane for Bible study in Phoenix

Posted at 2:53 PM by Mike Walker

Tebow_bibleThe Waste Management Phoenix Open is the wildest party in golf (not counting any night out with Tommy Armour III), but it's not all sun and suds for golf's superstars.

On Tuesday, Tim Tebow joined Bubba Watson and Ben Crane in a Bible study group, and Crane tweeted a photo from the meeting [right]. The Christian Post has more details:

Christian sports legends Bubba Watson, Tim Tebow, and Ben Crane gathered together Tuesday evening to attend a Bible study in Phoenix, Ariz., presumably near the TPC Scottsdale course where Watson and Crane are currently participating in the WM Phoenix Open.

Crane, who plays on the PGA tour, posted a picture of him with Tebow and Watson on his Twitter account, with a caption that read: "Fun bible study tonight! Hanging with Bubba Watson and Tim Tebow."

After winning the 2012 Masters, Watson gave his friend Tebow his Masters badge; the number was 15, the same number Tebow wears on the football field.

Tebow is an avid golfer known for his massive drives; his swing speed is 141 mph and playing in a Honda Classic pro-am with Jack Nicklaus, Tebow once drove the ball over the green on the 339-yard par-4 first hole. However, accuracy can be a problem for him. Check out video of Tebow's swing below:


PHOTO GALLERY: Tim Tebow on the Golf Course

PHOTO GALLERY: Bubba Watson at Tim Tebow Golf Tournament



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