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Bubba Watson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 11/5/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 180

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Five (of 118) stranded during the second round of the Genesis Open on Friday -- due to severe weather -- did not return on Saturday morning to complete their respective rounds. At press time, there is no current information that any of these were due to injury.
Among the five are two-time and defending champ Bubba Watson, who was 5-over thru 16 holes, 8-over total. This was his sixth mid-tourney WD in 255 career events, first since the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational where he was a co-fave and WD after a first-round 11-over 83 (allergies). Watson's four starts this season read: WD (Genesis); CUT (WM Phoenix Open); T25 (of 32) at the no-cut SBS Tournament of Champions; T54 (of 78) at the no-cut WGC-HSBC Champions. The other four players who WD: Vaughn Taylor- 4-over thru 17, 3-over total; Steve Marino- 3-over thru 13, 3-over total; Shane Lowry- 4-over thru 16, 6-over total; Jinho Choi- 10-over thru 11, 15-over total. Feb 18 - 12:27 PM

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Bubba Watson arrives at Riviera Country Club a bit out of form as he attempts to defend his title at this week's Genesis Open.

The big-hitting lefty has been boom-or-bust at this event, winning twice but also missing the cut three times and withdrawing after R1 of the 2011 edition (pulled oblique muscle). More recently, Watson has missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, finished T25 (of 32) at the SBS Tournament of Champions, and T54 (of 78) at the WGC-HSBC Champions. The form is certainly not up to the standards we expect from Watson. However, he's no stranger to winning after a poor performance. Last year he was a MDF at the AT&T Pro-Am the week before winning here at Riviera CC. In 2015, he won the Travelers Championship the week after missing the cut at the U.S. Open and also won the 2014 Masters despite a WD at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his last prep start. Gamers have a tough choice to make with Watson this week.
Feb 14 - 2:36 PM

World No. 10 Bubba Watson is on Maui for his sixth SBS Tournament of Champions.

After kicking off in 2011 and 2012 with a T25 and T18, the 38-year-old has posted three straight top-10 finishes at the SBS. His best during that run was a T4 in 2013 (reduced to 54 holes), and followed with a 10th-place (2015) and a T10 last year. In 19 career laps on the par-73 layout, his scoring average is 70.16 with a personal best of 67 to close out last year's edition. Watson garnered the invite from his win at the Northern Trust Open (46 weeks ago) as the 54-hole leader, his ninth TOUR title in 237 career starts. After finishing 5th in the FedExCup standings in 2014 and 2015, he stumbled to 21st last season with four top 10s in 19 events. The Floridian has made just one official start this season, a T54 (of 78) at the no-cut WGC-HSBC but also posted a T6 at the Hero World Challenge as the defending champ.
Jan 3 - 7:12 PM

Bubba Watson hoisted the hardware at last year's Hero World Challenge and makes his way back to Albany in The Bahamas this week for a chance to defend his title.

Watson put on a clinic last year en route to a three-shot victory over the 17 other elite golfers in the field. He circled 27 birdies and two eagles, swallowing just four bogeys and one double along the way. This all came after Watson had initially withdrew from the event due to travel complications but he found his way back into the field after Jason Day backed out. Following his Hero victory, he tacked on a victory at the Northern Trust Open (late February) and finished runner-up at the WGC-Cadillac Championship (early March). After that, his season became a big ball of mediocrity, going 12 straight events without a top 10 before finishing the season with a T10 at the TOUR Championship. Perhaps a return to The Bahamas will reignite the upside for Watson.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 08:10:00 AM

24-seed Bubba Watson rounded off his seventh TOUR Championship with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 and reached 2-under 278, up four spots to T10 with play still in progress and is projecting at 21st in the FedExCup standings.

In a last ditch effort to secure the final Captain's Pick, the 37-year-old played the weekend in 66-67 after opening in 72-73. If the top 10 holds, it'll be just his fourth of the season in 19 starts, first since solo second at Doral 29 weeks ago. For the week, he totaled 14 birdies versus 10 bogeys and a double, concluding with four birdies against one bogey on eight (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 05:18:00 PM

24-seed Bubba Watson tossed up a week-tying-low 4-under-par 32-34=66 in today's third round of the TOUR Championship to post 1-over 211, up 11 places to T14 with play still in progress.

Vying for the final Captain's Pick at next week's Ryder Cup, the 37-year-old succumbed to the added pressure in the first two rounds, opening in 72-73 to sit in solo 25th-place (of 29 players) on 5-over. He circled just four birdies thru 36 holes and averaged a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR in both laps, but rebounded on Day 3 to card six on 14 greens in regulation for 1.571 putts per GIR and 2.306 SG: Putting. Watson didn't birdie either of the par 5s, but recorded six birdie-3s, highlighted by a 29-footer at the eighth. He took some luster off with back-to-back bogeys at 14 (failed scramble) and 15, watering his tee ball on the par-3 15th.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 01:44:00 PM

World No. 7 Bubba Watson makes final preparations for his seventh TOUR Championship.

The 37-year-old finished fifth in the final FedExCup standings in each of the past two seasons, tied for his career bests, but limps in this week at No. 24 in FEC points. He arrives off T13 (Barclays); MC (Deutsche Bank); and T20 at the BMW Championship on laps of 71-67-72-71. The Floridian has just three top 10s this season in 18 events, none since runner-up at Doral 29 weeks (14 starts) ago. He's attempting to secure the final Captain's Pick for the Ryder Cup, so there's added motivation (pressure) on the two-time Masters champion. Watson's career scoring average at the par-70 East Lake GC (24 rounds) is 70.46 with two top 10s, T5s in 2015 and 2012.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 11:19:00 AM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, Bubba Watson authored a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the BMW Championship to reach 6-under 138, up 24 places on the live leaderboard to T10.

The 37-year-old has yet to secure a Ryder Cup spot and hasn't had a top-10 finish since runner-up at Doral back in March. With the first three (of four) Captain's Picks due at the end of this week, he's got himself into the conversation at the midpoint at Crooked Stick GC. The Floridian, runner-up at the BMW in 2014 (Cherry Hills CC), kicked off with an up-and-down 71 (five birdies, four bogeys), completing five of those holes on Friday morning. He came back with five circles again in R2, on 14 greens in regulation (10 in R1), posting 3.480 SG: Tee-to-Green though -0.574 SG: Putting. Each of Watson's conversions were from inside of seven feet, birdieing all four of the par 5s and adding a '3' at the par-4 seventh.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Bubba Watson hung up a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's final round of The Barclays to finish up his 10th appearance in the FedExCup Playoffs opener on 3-under 281, up 31 places on the live leaderboard to T16.

The 37-year-old is still chasing his first top 10 on TOUR since runner-up at Doral back in early March. He did post a T8 at the Rio Olympics, where he was the top seed, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't count toward the FEC rankings, where he's projected to bump five spots to 19th. The Florida native and resident began the final round on 2-over (T47), five shy of the overnight top 10. After opening in 71-74 to make the cut on the number, he played the weekend in 70 and today's six-birdie one-bogey showing. Watson pelted 17 greens in regulation and is currently second in that stat at 75.00 percent (54/72), but is 70th (of 79) in SG: Putting at -2.577.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 03:52:00 PM

Bubba Watson kept his name in the mix for medal contention at the Men's Olympic Golf Competition, posting a 4-under-par 31-36=67 during round three, reaching 6-under 207 ahead of the finale in Rio.

The American kicked it into gear early today, circling birdies in four of his first five holes. The longest putt of that bunch came from 7'10" which is a testament for how good the ball-striking was. His putter never really warmed up, but it got really strange as he reached the green at the par-3 14th hole. It was here that he found himself 30'8" for birdie. As he was taking his back swing, it appeared that he tried to stop himself from hitting the ball but the putter blade did not stop and resulted in about a five foot putt, leading to his first bogey of the day. The lefty followed it up with a second bogey at the following hole. Despite that odd hiccup, Watson has to be very pleased with his efforts today, putting himself right in the mix for a medal with one round to go.
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 02:10:00 PM

Two-time and defending champion Bubba Watson pieced together an even-par 33-37=70 in today's second round of the Travelers Championship to reach the halfway point on 3-under 137, down 13 to T22 with play still in progress.

The nine-time TOUR winner owns a 5-1 record in playoffs. Included in that tally is his two wins here in 2010 and 2015. The Florida native and resident is making his 10th appearance at TPC River Highlands and kicked off with a bogey-free 67. His second frame began on No. 10 tee and he sandwiched birdie-3 at 14 (12'4") with bogeys on 12, 13 and 15. Watson settled down from there, playing his final 12 holes blemish-free, adding back-to-back birdies on holes 6 and 7. He's currently 15th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 124th in SG: Putting with a cumulative -2.130. Watson is eight shots off his winning pace of 11-under at the midpoint last year.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Bubba Watson hoisted the hardware at the 2015 Travelers Championship and returns this week for another crack at TPC River Highlands.

The lefty is no stranger to success at TPC River Highlands, winning the 2010 edition and posting six top 15s in nine starts, overall. The 2010 victory was his first win on the PGA TOUR so this event will always mean a lot to him. He posted a T38 in his 2011 attempt at a title defense. In his career, he is 7-for-7 when defending a PGA TOUR wins, but hasn't posted a top 10 in any of those starts. Notable title defenses have been a T13 at the 2012 Farmers, a T14 at the 2015 Northern Trust, and T18 at the 2012 Zurich. The 37-year-old has the Olympics on his schedule next week, but first he's looking to earn some Ryder Cup points as he currently ranks ninth in the U.S. standings. Watson is even considering adding the Wyndham Championship to his schedule, so you know he wants to earn his way onto the team and not lean on a Captain's Pick. Despite some moderate form as of late, Watson is still an elite play this week, in all formats.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 09:33:00 AM

Bubba Watson turns his attention to Royal Troon Golf Club ahead of this week's Open Championship, the 145th edition.

The lefty is just 3-for-7 at the Open, with a T23 (2012) being the best. That track record is nowhere near his regular week-to-week output in the States. Whether it's the pesky weather conditions or lack of sight lines off the tee, there is something about links golf that ties him up. Despite his less-than-stellar record at this event, he gets the opportunity to start anew this week as he battles Royal Troon for the first time in his career. With nine victories under his belt, he can never go completely overlooked in fantasy games.
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 04:15:00 PM

Bubba Watson kept his scorecard colorful in round one of the 116th U.S. Open Championship, carding a 1-under-par 34-35=69 while taking on Oakmont Country Club.

On a course that's yielding very few birdies, Watson circled five in his first navigation this week. The lefty took a variety of routes to score in this round. He splashed home birdie putts of 14 feet, 20 feet, and 49 feet but also stuck a few of his approach shots tight for relatively easy birdie looks. That included a 150-yard approach at the par-4 fifth that he landed to two feet and also a 195-yard approach at the par-4 ninth hole in which he stuck to four feet, both leading to birdies. The game was not tidy throughout, though, as he swallowed a four-pack of bogeys to keep his card colorful. The bomber would certainly take one more birdie than bogey in each round here at Oakmont CC.
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 08:47:00 AM

Bubba Watson turns his focus to Muirfield Village GC for his 10th playing of the Memorial.

The 37-year-old was the 54-hole leader by one in his last appearance in 2014 but a closing 72 left him solo third. It's his lone top-10 finish in nine tries. Watson was T4 thru 36 holes the year prior, but posted twin 75s thereafter for T29. He enters the week with only three starts in the last 12 weeks with a best of T37 at the Masters. Watson won the Northern Trust in February by one where he was the 54-hole leader and chased two weeks later with runner-up at Doral. He's second on TOUR in SGTTG but 102nd in SG: Around-the-Green and 135th in SG: Putting. The Memorial is the 30th event of the season and this will only be Watson's 10th start.
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 09:26:00 AM