Bahama Bubba

NASSAU, Bahamas – The misnomer is that there is a specific lineup of courses where “Bubba Golf” plays: Augusta National, Torrey Pines, Trump National Doral.

Bubba Watson can add a new stop to that rotation following this week’s event at Albany Golf Club, where the free-swinging southpaw carved and cajoled his way to a three-stroke victory on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge, which will be played, at least for the near future, at the big Bahamian ballpark.

Albany checks all the right boxes for Watson - long for a course at sea level (7,267 yards), with five par 5s, and not a magnolia tree in sight that must be weaved around, over or through (even though he's proven pretty adept at that, too).

Even before the first tee shot this week, Jordan Spieth pegged Watson as the man to beat.

“Bubba will like it, there's nothing blocking the tee shots,” the defending champion said on Wednesday.

Like nearly everything else Spieth has done this season, he called this week’s outcome perfectly.

Watson took a two-stroke lead into a rainy and windy final round, birdied four of his first seven holes and didn’t allow anyone to get closer than two strokes thanks to a closing 66 and a 25-under total.

Not bad for a guy who committed to the tournament, then withdrew when his family had trouble completing the travel paperwork for his son, and finally stepped back in when Jason Day decided to spend some extra time at home with his newborn daughter.

Had Watson known the Ernie Els-designed Albany course was going to be so much to his liking and suited to his brand of uniquely creative golf, he probably would have never considered missing the event.

On Saturday, Watson was asked for his definition of “Bubba Golf” and the answer was telling: “It’s having fun, right? And that’s what we should be doing, having fun and hitting shots,” he said.

Source : The Golf Channel

posted at 07 Dec 2015 22:31:26

 



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