Bye-bye, Bubba, we’re gonna miss you. For three weeks, at least.
Watson was happy enough with his rebound at the Travelers, where he finished T2, that he’s taking a breather until the British Open, according to Jason Sobel at the Golf Channel.
At the Travelers Championship, though, Watson got back on track, finishing in a share of second place at the event where he won his first career PGA Tour title back in 2010.
“All in all, it was a great day. Came up a little short, but it was good,” he said after a second straight 65 on the weekend. “It’s good to get back and get under the gun and get under the pressure and get back to where I was starting at the beginning of the year.”
Watson revealed that he will skip each of the next three scheduled PGA Tour events, next competing at The Open Championship.
We hope Watson’s enjoying part-time work. Counting the Travelers, Watson has played in four tournaments since winning the Masters the first week of April. Until last week, Bubba showed some rust on the rudder, as he was all over the golf courses that he did play. But – Has he told you? – Bubba has a kid now, and the way he talks about young Caleb we suspect he'll be in for a happy, exhausting vacation.
What soothsaying spectator called Rory Sabbatini’s hole-in-one Sunday at the Travelers? We still don’t know. But someone did. Watch the video below, courtesy of the PGA Tour:
Jim Nantz picked up on it: Sabbatini’s peculiar response -– “You called it” -– suggests that he had ace on the brain heading to the tee. And he made it anyway. Golf’s tiny mysteries endure.
Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Mich., somewhere near the top of the mitten, announced its plan to nearly double the size of the hole in an effort to make golf more fun for beginners, according to WorldGolf.com. They’ll keep the standard 4.25ers, and add the new caverns, which will be two inches larger than a Pizza Hut Personal Pan pie. As the article reports:
This is a very unique and unprecedented program we are implementing at Shanty Creek Resort. Guests will have an option every day to play either the regular tees to the traditional cups or move to the forward tees and play to the 8-inch cups," explains Brian Kautz, director of golf and PGA Professional for SCR. "We have four golf courses at our resort, so this was the perfect opportunity to convert one of our courses and implement this program. Hopefully, this will help grow the game of golf."
This initiative is part of the "Golf 2.0" campaign that Jack Nicklaus has been urging members of the PGA to adopt to restore fun, particularly for women and junior players, to the game.
Someday, when carts are hovercrafts and Ping is on the G2000, we’ll look back with nostalgia on the quaint, old days when cups were 4.25 inches, and drivers were only titanium. But remember: you’re gravity-defying lip outs will still smack Isaac Newton in the face, no matter how large the target.
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I'm jazzed to have just been asked to be a voter for the World Golf Hall of Fame. So I guess I'm now part of the establishment. *Shudder* — Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) June 25, 2012