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Bubba Watson

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

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Two-time champ and all-time earnings leader at the Travelers Championship returns for his 11th appearance, 10th consecutive, and checks in at 109th in the FedExCup standings.
The 38-year-old is a nine-time winner on TOUR in 264 career events, most recently at the 2016 Northern Trust Open 28 starts ago. He chased that with solo 2nd at the WGC-Cadillac (Doral) but has just four top 10s in his last 26 starts since. The Georgia alum is 7-for-13 on the season with three top 10s, most recently T6 at the Memorial two starts ago where he was T3 thru 54 holes before closing in 1-over 73. He's 9-for-10 at the Travelers with seven top 25s, five top 10s and four top 5s, winning his first TOUR title here in 2010 (playoff), and doubling-up in 2015, also in a playoff. The Floridian was T25 last year in his title defense (67-70-68-68) and ranked No. 6 in OWGR, and arrives this week at No. 40. Watson's career-high OWGR was 2nd after the 2015 Valspar, so he's been mired in a months-long-slide . Jun 21 - 5:04 PM

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World No. 34 Bubba Watson stalled out to a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in the weather delayed final round of the Memorial Tournament to conclude on 8-under 280, down three spots into a four-way T6, five adrift of champion Jason Dufner, who shot 68.

After kicking off in 71-68-68, the 38-year-old began in a three-way T3, four shy of 54-hole leader Daniel Summerhays. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he hit nine (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 1.543 strokes off-the-tee but losing 1.835 approaching-the-green. The Floridian raced out to a 3-under start thru six holes, circling Nos. 2, 5 and 6, now leading on 12-under, but sounded the retreat with a 3-putt bogey at 7 (from 62'5"). He squared the eighth and 12th (failed sand saves), 2-putted the par-5 15th for birdie, and then dropped two more with failed sand saves at 16 and 17. This is his fourth top 25 at the Memorial in 11 visits and second top 10, joining solo 3rd in 2014. It's Watson's fourth top 25 of the season in 12 starts and third top 10, joining T9 at the WGC-Match Play and T5 at the Zurich teamed with J.B. Holmes.
Jun 4 - 9:53 PM

World No. 34 Bubba Watson rallied for a 4-under-par 38-30=68 on Moving Day at the Memorial Tournament to reach 9-under 207, up three spots to T4, one shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader Matt Kuchar. UPDATE: With play completed, Watson is in a three-way T3, four adrift of leader Daniel Summerhays.

After kicking off in 71-68, the 34-year-old began in a six-way T7 on 5-under, nine short of 36-hole leader Jason Dufner. He went out in birdie-less 2-over, squaring bogey-4s at 4 and 8, but opened the inward half with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run. The Floridian circled the par-5 15th before retreating one at the par-3 16th, "saving" bogey from 12'11". He saved par at 17 from 6'4" before walking off with birdie-3 from 18'10", his second conversion from greater than 12 feet. Watson landed five (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.538 putts per GIR and 2.784 SG: Putting.
Jun 3 - 5:17 PM

World No. 34 Bubba Watson styled a 4-under-par 37-31=68 in the second round of the Memorial Tournament for a 36-hole tally of 5-under 139, up 19 places on the leaderboard to T7, a distant nine back of leader Jason Dufner.

The 38-year-old opened with 71, outpacing two bogeys and triple bogey-6 with four birdies and an eagle-3. He was 1-over thru three holes in R2, overshadowing birdie-3 at three with bogeys at 1 (3-putt from 34'7") and 4, but played his final 14 in 5-under, camouflaging bogey-4 at 12 with birdies at 10, 11, 13-15 and 18. The Floridian landed nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 3.837 strokes tee-to-green. His split featured three conversions from between nine and 14 feet, walking off with his long of the day from 13'8". This is the highest up the 36-hole leaderboard Watson's been since T5 at the 2016 WGC-Cadillac (Doral), where he eventually finished solo 2nd.
Jun 2 - 6:11 PM

Bubba Watson searches for a spark as he sets his eyes on Muirfield Village Golf Club ahead of this week's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

Watson has a long track record at Jack's Place, earning a paycheck in 8-of-10 appearances with six top 35s on his resume. A solo third in 2014 is the clear highlight but that is the only top-20 finish to his name. On the season, the big hitter is struggling as his best finish is a T34 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (excluding no-cut events, team events, and matchplay). Watson has finished top 55 in the FedExCup race every year since the inaugural 2007 edition, but he currently sits at 125th this year. The adjustment to some weight loss and a new golf ball has been slow, but it would be surprising to see him stay down for long.
May 31 - 8:33 AM

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

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