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Bubba Watson

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

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In four-ball action in the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes fashioned a bogey-free 8-under-par 34-30=64 to reach 19-under 269, up three places on the live leaderboard to T5.
After opening in 73 (alternate shot) and 64 (best ball) the Florida residents were one of 11 teams to make the cut on the number (T32). A 4-under 68 on Day 3 alternate shot vaulted them 24 spots to begin the final frame T8 on 11-under, eight adrift of 54-hole leaders Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith. Each circled one birdie-4 at Nos. 2 and 7, while Watson's par 4s at 1 and 5 counted on the card with Holmes struggling to bogeys. Holmes rebounded with birdies at 10, 14 (chip-in from 33'10" away) and 18, while Watson circled 11, 12 and 16, the latter after stiffing his approach to the par 4 from 123 yards away to six inches. Apr 30 - 8:43 PM

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Playing alternate shot in the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, past champ Bubba Watson and J.B. Holmes fashioned a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 11-under 205, up 21 spots on the live leaderboard to T11 and tying the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Watson/Holmes are T8 and eight back, while Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown shot the low round with 67.

This is Watson's 10th Zurich, first since T15 in 2013, and was a playoff winner in 2011. Holmes is making his fourth visit, first since 2014, and has gotten better each time (CUT/2009, T13/2012, T11/2014). They struggled to a 73 on Day 1 in alternate shot, but rebounded with 64 in Friday four-ball action to make the cut on the number. The momentum carried over into Day 3, with the duo circling four birdies at Nos. 7, 8, 13 and 18, walking off with a 4 at the par-5 18th from 7'1". Watson knocked in that one, and also birdie-3 at 13 from 7'0", while Holmes converted their first two for the good, both from inside eight feet as well. Watson, who entered the week ranked 192nd on TOUR in SG: Putting, kept the card clean with a 6'7" par-saver at the sixth, and an 11'11" par-saver at nine. Fifteen (of 42) teams have signed their cards so far with Watson and Holmes the only blemish-free lap. UPDATE: Leaders Blixt/Smith also shot bogey-free 68.
Apr 29 - 3:16 PM

First-round leader Bubba Watson had to settle for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in his delayed second round at the Shenzhen International in China, his 36-hole total of 8-under 136 leaving him four behind halfway leader Bernd Wiesberger. UPDATE Bubba added a R3 70 in the afternoon and will start R4 five back from Wiesberger.

That’s okay and still good enough for T2 but the American would have wanted to make further inroads in to Wiesberger’s overnight lead. Watson resumed early Saturday at 7-under having managed to play just five holes of round two but could only advance his score by a single shot over the remaining 13. He made his first gain of the day with a birdie at 7 but gave it straight back with a bogey-4 at 8. He quickly shook that off with back-to-back red numbers at 9 and 10 and looked ready to make a big finish with two par 5s still to come. However, the left-hander would make bogey-6 at 13 and had to settle for par at the 526-yard 17th. With nothing but pars to add to that he ended the morning four behind Wiesberger before setting off on his third round.
Apr 22 - 3:30 AM

Round one leader of the Shenzhen International Bubba Watson had his second lap of the Genzon GC curtailed on Friday when the Tour abandoned play because of heavy rain and the threat of lightning.

The American had led the tournament following a 6-under-par 66 on Thursday, but saw his advantage on the live leaderboard decimated by Bernd Wiesberger who added a 65 to his first round 67 to post a 36-hole target of 12-under, good for a four-shot lead over the field. Watson had made one birdie and four pars when play was called off, good for T4 in the scoring. The action will resume at 6:30 a.m. local time Saturday.
Apr 21 - 5:14 AM

Bubba Watson cruised Genzon GC on Thursday morning, making a 6-under-par 34-32=66 to claim an early one-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the Shenzhen International.

The two-time Masters champion made an early bogey at his third hole of the day, the 12th, but thereafter posted nothing but pars and par breakers. There were three birdies in four holes at 13, 14 and 16, then he opened the front nine with a birdie-eagle combination at 1 and 2 before a red number at the ninth confirmed he would take lunch with a one-shot advantage over a group of four players. T29 and T8 on his previous visits to the course, he's made the perfect start to improve on that. He has posted a 65 and a 66 on the course in the past, but both times in the final round so he finds himself primed for a challenge in this tournament for the first time.
Apr 20 - 3:12 AM

Bubba Watson is the headline act at the European Tour's Shenzhen International in China for the third edition running but this year he'll head to Genzon listed only as third favorite with some UK bookies.

Watson had been automatically installed at the front of the odds in both 2015 and 2016; this time he finds himself at 18/1, behind 14/1 Tommy Fleetwood and 16/1 Ross Fisher. That's partly because he failed to live up to his billing in those previous trips to Genzon when finishing T29 and T8 respectively. But it's mainly due to his poor form this season. The two-time Masters champion hasn't managed a single top 20 in seven strokeplay starts in 2017 and shot 74-78 to miss the cut at Augusta National on his latest outing. Bubba did win the WGC-HSBC Champions in China at the end of 2014 so he can thrive in this corner of the globe. However, trust in the left-hander is low at the moment and the Masters missed cut appeared to justify that wavering faith.
Apr 18 - 7:55 AM

Two-time champ Bubba Watson makes his way back down Magnolia Lane ahead of the 81st edition of the Masters Tournament.

The big-hitting lefty has been boom-or-bust at Augusta National Golf Club. He slipped on the green jacket in 2012 and 2014 but hasn't finished better than T20 in his other six visits. More recently, Watson has started out 2017 without much momentum, adjusting to recent weight loss and a new golf ball sponsor. He did show up strong at the WGC-Match Play, going 2-0-1 in group play before losing to Ross Fisher in the Round of 16. Given his spotty form and roller-coaster course history, Watson presents himself as a risky boom-or-bust option for gamers this week.
Apr 4 - 9:40 PM

Bubba Watson halved his match with Thomas Pieters to progress from Group 13 with an unbeaten record in the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.

Back in 2011, on his championship debut, Watson finished fourth, but ever since he has struggled with the format, not making the quarter-finals in five attempts. But his form this week has been solid and after two wins he withstood the strong challenge of his Belgian opponent. The two made a pair of winning birdies a piece on the front nine, but a Watson bogey at 10 gave Pieters a break to go 1-up. The American refused to yield, ticking 14 and 16 to resume the lead, but Pieters reduced the par-3 17th to a 4’7" birdie putt which he converted. Pars down the last was enough for Watson to line up a weekend stay. He will play either Ross Fisher in the round of 16.
Mar 24 - 4:08 PM

Bubba Watson remained unbeaten after two rounds at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, taking care of Scott Piercy, 4-and-3, on day two at Austin Country Club.

Playing in blustery conditions today, the big-hitting lefty was dialed in today. Watson circled five birdies on the opening eight holes and would later add a sixth and seventh before his day was over. Four of those putts were splashed in from outside 10 feet. There was nobody in the field that would keep up with that torrid pace today, so Piercy got the short end of the stick in this one. Watson is now 2-0 this week heading into his third round matchup against Thomas Pieters.
Mar 23 - 2:03 PM

World No. 17 Bubba Watson crafted a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to wrap up his 10th appearance on even-par 288, up 30 spots on the live leaderboard to T35.

This was the Orlando resident's first visit since an 83/WD in 2014. After opening in 72-72-76, he began T65, tied second-to-last of the 72 that made the 36-hole cut. The Bagdad, Florida, native's closing 68 is just the third of 32 laps completed so far that was in the 60s, currently 5.152 strokes better than the field average and just a second in the red over his last 12 rounds on TOUR. For the week, he tallied 14 birdies versus 12 bogeys and one double, circling five against one square in R4 to get back to level for the tournament.
Mar 19 - 2:48 PM

Florida native and resident Bubba Watson returns to the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida, for the first time since T28 in 2011.

Overall, the 38-year-old is making his seventh appearance with one top 10 (3rd/2010) and has missed three cuts. He's not posted a top 10 in a full-field event on TOUR since his win at the 2016 Northern Trust (now Genesis) Open 55 weeks ago. Granted, the Georgia alum doesn't play a lot of full-field events, but it's been a precipitous drop in results across-the-board. Once ranked as high as No. 2 in OWGR, which incidentally occurred after the 2015 Valspar (which he did not play), he limps in this week at No. 16 and off a T38 (of 76) at the WGC-Mexico and a WD as defending champ at the above-mentioned Genesis, checking out during R2 at 5-over thru 16 holes and 8-over total.
Mar 8 - 4:40 PM

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

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