Monday, March 12

Misread Foils Comeback for Bubba Watson

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.”


Benjamin Ehinger said...

Bubba lost it earlier in the round and really should have never been putting for a playoff on the last hole. That's golf though and it is why we all watch with excitement when the leaderboard is packed.

Anonymous said...

Well,he is a young guy trying to become a very good player.

Being on the leaderboard on Sunday is foreign to him,he will get good once he feels comfortable being in the last pair on Sunday....

That shot on 18 was almost shot of the yr if Bubba had made that putt & then went on to win.

The same calibre of shot as Tiger on 18Th hole at the Honda Classic the week prior.

Daniel said...

I thought i was the only one who thought Mr. Miller was wrong.

What Anon said, last year he did win the Zurich and Farmers, but other than that he only had one other top 5 finish.(Not counting the Presidents Cup which if I recal he didn't shine too bright)and the year before that he had 5 top 5 wins with two of those first place wins.(especially 2nd place at the PGA championship)

He is a good golfer and is taking the trophy twice a year, but his consistency is lacking.


London Golf Clubs said...

The 18th shot was really good. I second that It was shot of the year.

Anonymous said...

Thought he had that putt would have capped off that ridiculous shot he hit. Looks like a bunch of players are playing well coming into the Masters, getting excited.

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