Wednesday, August 22

Bubba Nears 300th 300-Yard Drive

BUBBA WATSON NEEDS ONLY FOUR DRIVES of 300 yards or longer at The Barclays this week to reach the target of 300 drives established for the “Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by PING” promotion. With his all-pink PING® G20® driver, Bubba has blasted 296 drives of 300 yards or farther, earning $300 from PING for each one. So far Bubba has raised $88,800 from the company as part of the promotion during PGA Tour-sanctioned events.

Bubba’s sticks. (TourProGolfClubs)
In January, Watson announced the formation of “Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million,” a campaign to raise $1 million for charity through his own efforts and the support of his partners and sponsors. In addition, PING contributed $250,000 from the sale of 5,000 pink G20 drivers inspired by Watson’s.

“It’s been a lot of fun this year knowing every drive over 300 yards carries a little extra incentive,” he said.

On the season, nearly 63 percent of Bubba’s drives have traveled 300-plus yards, the highest percentage on tour. He leads the tour in average driving distance at 315.9 yards.

The 300-Yard Drive Count

Farmers Insurance Open: 26
Waste Management Phoenix Open: 43
Northern Trust Open: 35
WGC-Cadillac Championship: 34
Arnold Palmer Invitational: 31
Zurich Classic of New Orleans: 36
The Memorial Tournament: 15
Travelers Championship: 31
WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: 45

I’m going to stick my neck out on this one. I say Bubba will reach his goal at Bethpage Black.

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