|Bubba Watson tried to emulate Tiger Woods at Doral on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of jpellgen)|
I THOUGHT BUBBA WATSON HIT a good putt on the 18th green at Doral in Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The 54-hole leader, Bubba needed a birdie at the last hole to force a sudden-death playoff with Justin Rose, who picked up his fourth PGA Tour win and a check for about $1.4 million.
I believe NBC-TV commentator Johnny Miller said it was a right-edge putt. It wasn’t. In fact, Bubba must have played it outside of the hole. The pace looked perfect.
“We just didn't give enough,” Watson said about the nine-footer. “We thought it was not going to break as much and it broke about three inches too much.”
The approach shot to the 18th green was a thing of beauty. Bubba had to go for it, which fits his personality whether it’s the first hole on Thursday or the last hole on Sunday with a chance to win. I wondered if he might end up wet. After a long wait for Keegan Bradley, who was hacking it up the 1st fairway, Watson stepped in and swiped his golf ball out of the clumpy Bermuda.
“I had 191 out of the rough, no grass behind the ball so I could make solid contact with it and hit a pure 4 iron, a low bullet 4 iron,” he explained.
It was a gorgeous shot that gave him a chance until the birdie putt swung too far to the left. Give him credit, though. Bubba hung in there after botching the front nine. He said he was standing a little close to the golf ball and tried to fix it on the golf course like Tiger Woods did in his dominant years.
“I was proud of myself for fighting ... and never got down today,” Watson said. “Never got mad at myself. Just tried to figure it out. I’m trying to learn the game.”