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Bubba Watson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 11/5/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 180

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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. Jul 13 - 4:15 PM

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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.
Jun 17 - 8:47 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.
Jun 1 - 9:26 AM

Bubba Watson continues to piece together the puzzle of TPC Sawgrass as he preps for his ninth appearance at this week's PLAYERS.

The long-hitting lefty remains a bit perplexed with the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. He is 5-for-8 lifetime, but owns nothing better than a T37 in those starts. That is coming from a golfer who sports a top-25 strike rate of 42.5 percent over his PGA TOUR career. On the bright side, eight of his last 16 rounds here have gone for 70 or better. That is after opening his PLAYERS career with 9-of-10 rounds at 71 or worse. This venue is known for limiting the typical advantage that bombers have week-to-week, so it makes sense that one of the longest hitters on TOUR has yet to find success here. Watson is very close to breaking down the barriers, but he's still a relative long shot to contend this week, given his poor track record at the course.
May 9 - 11:20 PM

For the second year running, Bubba Watson will contest the European Tour's Shenzhen International at Genzon GC.

Watson, one of six special invites, was the hot favorite to win this last year but flopped badly and only finished T29. He's not available on the European Tour fantasy game but presents a dilemma to bettors here as he closed that event with a 65. Did he crack the code or was he just able to freewheel when the pressure was off and his chance had gone? Bubba does have winning form in China courtesy of his victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2014. That course (Sheshan International) was designed by Neil Haworth, the man behind Genzon GC, so there's no reason why the American shouldn't thrive. In theory, the two-time Masters champion will enjoy the room off the tee and should be able to eat up the four relatively short par 5s. Watson comes in off a rather subdued T37 at Augusta National but he posted a win (Northern Trust Open) and a second (WGC-Cadillac Championship) in his two previous strokeplay events. If at his best, he looks a class apart in this field.
Apr 20 - 3:42 AM

Two-time champ Bubba Watson coughed up a 3-over-par 39-36=75 in today's second round of the Masters for a two-day total of 6-over 150, currently T62 on the live leaderboard, two strokes outside the projected cut line, and 10 shots behind the leader on the course Jordan Spieth, who's playing hole 8. UPDATE: Spieth posted 4-under 140 for the 36-hole lead so Watson is in on the 10-shot rule.

The cut at Augusta National is low 50 and ties -- and anyone within 10 shots of the lead at day's end. Watson had a four-footer on the par-4 18th to post one better, but missed. If he ends up missing the cut, it would be his first in his eighth appearance (previous worst was T50 in 2013). If he makes the weekend despite the miss on 18, the 37-year-old will credit playing his final six holes in bogey-free 2-under, circling birdies on 13 and 17. He played those same six holes in R1 at 3-over. Watson's two-day totals show: 8 birdies; 12 bogeys and a double. He landed 20 (of 28) fairways, hit 23/36 greens in regulation and averaged 1.67 putts per GIR, but had three 3-putts and went 2-for-6 in sand saves.
Apr 8 - 3:11 PM

Bubba Watson has slipped on the green jacket twice in his career and looks to add a third to his closet this week at the 80th Masters.

The long-hitting lefty has been polarizing at Augusta National, winning twice, but also finishing T20 or worse in all five of his other appearances. He's failed to finish under-par on the week during any of those other non-winning weeks here at ANGC. It should be noted he was battled some sinus issues early in the week, but those shouldn't be a big issue as the week progresses. He arrives in great form and should be considered one of the top options to win this week. Gamers should, of course, take note of his boom-or-bust mentality at this venue.
Apr 7 - 12:34 AM

Bubba Watson spun a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship for a four-day tally of 11-under 277, good for solo second, one shy of champion Adam Scott.

This is Watson's sixth visit to the Blue Monster and he's now posted four top-three finishes, including three runners-up. He was T2 in 2014 and solo second in 2012, noteworthy as he parlayed those finishes into two green jackets. The 37-year-old played out of the third-to-last twosome on Sunday and began five adrift of 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy (T4) after opening in 69-69-71. He hit a week-low five (of 14) fairways but pelted 14 greens in regulation for the third time this week -- finishing No. 1 in the field in that category at 80.56 percent (58/72). Watson birdied the par-5 first and pulled to within one with a 61'2" bomb for eagle-3 at the eighth. He dropped his lone shot at 14 (failed scramble) and missed birdie from 5'11" at the drivable par-4 16th before connecting from 9'8" at 17. An up-and-down par at the 18th posted 11-under, but could only watch as Scott saved par at the last for the win.
Mar 6 - 7:31 PM

Bubba Watson carved out a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in today's third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship for a three-day total of 7-under 209, five back of 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy.

After opening with twin 69s, Watson began his third frame in a two-way T5 on 6-under. He outpaced a bogey and double in round three with four birdies to finish exactly in the same position on the leaderboard. The two-time runner-up at Doral circled birdies on Nos. 1 and 6, the latter from 22'2", but erased them with bogey-4 at nine (failed scramble) and a double at the third with a tee-ball in the water to turn 1-over. He played his inward half in bogey-free 2-under with back-to-back circles on 15 and 16, each from inside of six feet. Watson landed eight (of 14) fairways, hit 14 greens in regulation, and totaled 30 putts, the latter is his low tally of the week so far with the flat stick.
Mar 5 - 5:41 PM

Bubba Watson steadied a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during his second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, currently tied as the low-score in the clubhouse at 6-under 138.

Watson pelted 16 greens in regulation in round two, ranking first in the field through 36 holes, with 30 GIR. His putter remained calm for the second straight day, rolling in just two putts from outside eight feet. The highlight was a 19'8" birdie bomb on the par-4 third hole. The bomber walked off the ninth green (his 18th of the day) with a -1.157 strokes gained:putting next to his name. Watson arrived as a course horse this week, and he's living up to that title through two rounds. If the flat stick gets rolling over the weekend, it will be hard to catch him.
Mar 4 - 4:31 PM

Bubba Watson continued his strong play at Trump National Doral with a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the opening round of this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Watson arrived with podium finished in three of his past four starts at this event. He continued his course horse antics today with six birdies, offsetting a trio of bogeys. The highlight was a 15'1" birdie roll on the par-4 seventh hole. Overall, it was a tee-to-green show, as the bomber lost nearly a stroke to the field with his flat stick. Watson should stick around near the top all week, but the difference between a win and a top 10 will come down to the putter.
Mar 3 - 6:15 PM

World No. 4 Bubba Watson contests his sixth World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral and tees it up the first two days with fellow American Rickie Fowler and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

In his last start, 54-hole leader Watson rallied late to win his second Northern Trust Open and ninth overall TOUR title in his 237th career start. He improved to 3-for-10 in converting 54-hole leads/co-leads. One of those 54-hole failures was here in 2012, where he led by three entering the finale, but settled for solo second after 2-over 74. He's since finished T18/2013, T2/2014 (73-73-72-68) and solo third last year after rounds of 71-69-70-71. That's five straight red numbers (post-2014 redesign) for the 37-year-old who is making his 21st overall appearance in WGC events. He won the 2014-15 HSBC Champions in a playoff.
Mar 2 - 10:40 AM

Overnight leader and 2014 Northern Trust Open champ Bubba Watson navigated Riviera CC with a final-round 3-under-par 34-34=68 for a 72-hole tally of 15-under 269, good for a one-shot win over Adam Scott and Jason Kokrak.

After opening in 66-68-67, Watson led by one on 12-under over a trio of chasers, including playing partner Kokrak. He began with birdie at the par-5 first before bogey-5 at seven (failed scramble) and a second circle at the par-4 ninth had him turning 1-under and one adrift. The 37-year-old, who won the 2014 edition with the same aggregate, rejoined the lead with a 28'8" sidewinder at the par-5 11th before retreating one at 15 (failed scramble). He rebounded with a curving 5'3" birdie-2 at 16 and went back-to-back with a two-putt birdie-4 at 17. Watson headed to the 18th with a one-shot lead over Scott (in at 14-under) and Kokrak and sealed the deal with a two-putt par. He improves to 3-for-10 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes and claims his ninth win on TOUR in his 237th career start.
Feb 21 - 6:59 PM

Past champ Bubba Watson enjoyed a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Northern Trust Open to post 12-under 201, good for 54-hole lead by one over 36-hole leader Jason Kokrak, Chez Reavie and Dustin Johnson.

The 2014 champ was in a similar position to Rory McIlroy on the par-4 18th on Saturday -- including a free drop from against the grandstands -- and while McIlroy needed an 18-footer for par, Watson deftly put his inside of three feet, which he converted to match the Irishman's bogey-free 3-under 33 on his inward half. The 34-year-old, playing out of the penultimate threesome and two adrift, improved to 10 (of 14) fairways -- from just two on Friday -- and hit 13 greens in regulation registering 1.692 putts per GIR. All five of his par breakers traveled less than nine feet with his lone square on the card a failed scramble at the par-4 eighth. Besides the trio that are chasing, five players are within two heading to Sunday, including McIlroy.
Feb 20 - 5:56 PM

Bubba Watson fought his way to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 32-36=68 at the Northern Trust Open, to reach the 36-hole mark at 8-under 134, two shots off the clubhouse lead.

Watson split just two (of 14) fairways on the day but still managed 10 greens in regulation. The lefty got off to a quick start, going birdie-birdie with putts of 11'8" and 26'1" on the par-5 first and par-4 second holes, respectively. That's where the putter magic stopped. An eight-footer on the par-4 eighth was his final birdie splash of the day. Watson spent the rest of his day recovering from errant tee shots, not putting himself in position to score. Sitting just two strokes off Jason Kokrak's 36-hole lead, Watson is well within striking distance as we enter the weekend.
Feb 19 - 7:50 PM