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Bubba Watson

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (39) / 11/5/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 180

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Bubba Watson rolls into the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill looking for his third consecutive top-10 finish.
Watson won the Genesis Open, and followed that up with a solid ninth-place showing at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He posted a mediocre 34th-place finish at Bay Hill last season, and it was mostly a marginal performance until his final-round 68. Still, it was a lot better than 2014 when he withdrew after an opening-round 83. He ranks 101st in Par 5 Scoring this season, and that's not a good sign for success at Bay Hill. He has serious busy potential this week after a couple of nice results. Mar 14 - 8:22 PM

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World No. 41 Bubba Watson tacked on a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship for a four-day total of 10-under 274, up seven places to T10 with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Watson finished T9.

Watson is a 3-time runner-up in this event, all at Doral. He finished T38 here last year and arrived this week off a playoff win at the Genesis, his 10th TOUR title. After opening in 69-66-72, the Floridian began T17 on 6-under, three shy of the overnight top 10. On seven (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, he suffered just one blemish, a double bogey-7 at 11, camouflaged by six birdies at 1-3, 12, 15 and 18. He gained 2.185 strokes off-the-tee, currently No. 1 in that stat with a cumulative 7.306, and eked out a 0.275 around-the-green, 62nd for the week in that stat (-5.209). The Georgia alum wrapped with 1.813 putts per GIR and -1.097 SG: Putting, needing 31 total putts, and is on the bubble for a second top 10 of the season in seven starts.
Mar 4 - 4:50 PM

Bubba Watson bounced back from a poor Thursday finish, cruising to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-34=66 during round two of the WGC-Mexico Championship which vaults him into a share of fifth place (7-under 135) heading into the weekend.

The big hitter roared out of the gate on Thursday, finding himself 7-under after 11 holes. From there he went bogey-double-bogey-par-par-bogey-par to finish the round. Watson didn't let that poor finish bleed into today's round as he breezed through Club de Golf Chapultepec with five birdies and no bogeys. While many golfers are taking a conservative approach this week, Watson is using distance to his advantage. On the day he pelted eight drives over 345 yards including four over 375 yards. At the moment he ranks 1st in the field for driving distance (349 yards) and also 1st in strokes gained off-the-tee (+4.885). Watson should keep his name in the mix over the weekend, as long as he can avoid the big numbers for two more rounds.
Mar 2 - 6:44 PM

Bubba Watson took a week off to celebrate his win last time out at the Genesis Open, and now he rolls into the WGC-Mexico Championship this weekend looking to make it two in a row.

Watson has made three straight cuts, but he really looked like he was back after his win at Riviera. He took home $1.296 million in earnings after posting just over $101K in his first five events. Watson could be a beast at Club de Golf Chapultepec, especially with every point on this golf course at least 7,603 feet above sea level adding even more distance off the tee than usual. He made the cut in Mexico last season, challenging through three rounds before falling back with a final-round 71 and settling for 31st. Watson will be worth the big DFS salary, especially now that he is playing with some renewed confidence.
Feb 28 - 8:48 PM

Overnight leader and World No. 117 Bubba Watson tossed up a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in the Sunday's final round at Riviera Country Club to reach 12-under 272, good for a two-shot win over Kevin Na and first-round co-leader Tony Finau, and his third Genesis Open title in 12 appearances. UPDATE: Watson improves to 4-for-11 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes, three for his last four, and leapfrogs 77 spots to 40th in OWGR.

The 39-year-old, a pre-tourney 50/1 outright, claims his 10th PGA TOUR title in 279 career events, first since here in 2016 42 starts and 104 weeks ago. Overall, he improves to 7-for-12 at the Genesis with seven top 25s and three top 10s, all wins. After opening in 68-70-65, the Floridian began with a one-shot lead over 18- and 36-hole co-leader Patrick Cantlay. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and nine greens in regulation, losing 2.402 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.194 off-the-tee and 1.738 around-the-green. The Georgia alum squared three bogeys at holes 3, 6, and 9, silenced by five circles at 1, 8, 11, 14 and 17, highlighted by a hole-out birdie-2 at 14 from a greenside bunker. He posted 1.778 putts per GIR and 1.852 SG: Putting with 26 total putts. Watson is now 5-for-6 on the season and his previous-best was T35 last week at the AT&T Pro-Am. It's his first top 10 on TOUR since T10 at THE NORTHERN TRUST (first FEC Playoffs event) last season.
Feb 18 - 6:51 PM

Two-time past champion and World No. 117 Bubba Watson smoothed a 6-under-par 30-35=65 in the third round of the Genesis Open to reach 10-under 203, up five spots to the top of leaderboard and good for a one-shot lead over Patrick Cantlay. UPDATE: Watson will play out of the final threesome on Sunday with Cantlay and Cameron Smith.

The 2014 and 2016 winner is making his 279th career start. His most recent (of nine) TOUR titles came here in 2016 (42 starts ago), where he was the 54-hole leader by one, shot 3-under 68 and won by one. This is the Floridian's 11th career 54-hole lead/co-lead, first since the 2016 Genesis, and is 3-for-10 converting, two for his last three. When he won here in 2016, he bumped two places to 4th in OWGR, so the drop since has been precipitous. After opening with 68-70, he began T6, three back of a 36-hole co-leaders Cantlay and Graeme McDowell. The Georgia alum squared a lone bogey-5 at 15, smothered by four conventional circles at 7, 9, 10 and 17, adding a chip-in birdie-3 at 6 (from 44'11" away) and a kick-in eagle-3 at 1 from 18 inches. He posted 1.545 putts per GIR and 1.587 SG: Putting with 24 total putts.
Feb 17 - 7:08 PM

Bubba Watson continued his march up the leaderboard in round two of the Genesis Open, posting a 1-under-par 35-35=70 to reach 4-under 138 on the week, good for an early spot inside the top 5 with play still in progress.

The big-hitting lefty looked steady on approach for the second straight day. Watson matched his GIRs from the opening round (13), placing him inside the top 10 in GIR percentage for the week. Watson's form has been simmering for a few events now, but his putter is still cold. Today he missed five putts from inside 13 feet, three of those inside seven feet including a 2'11" bogey-saving attempt at the par-4 fifth hole. Watson missed a pair of putts from inside six feet in R1, as well. There is no getting those strokes back, but Watson can't complain too much as he finds himself just three strokes off the early pacesetter Patrick Cantlay. He will now turn his attention toward the NBA All-Star Celebrity Match. A bit or soreness can't be ruled out over the weekend.
Feb 16 - 3:37 PM

Two-time Genesis Open champ, Bubba Watson, kicked off his week at Riviera Country Club with a 3-under-par 34-34=68, placing him two off the early pacesetters at the top.

Watson was dialed in with his irons today, gaining 3.985 strokes approaching-the-green. A nice chunk of that came at the par-3 sixth hole where he nearly aced the 181-yard shot, settling for a tap-in from four inches. Watson is still struggling with the flat stick as he missed a pair of putts from inside six feet today and didn't convert anything outside of 9'10". Watson will be playing in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game tomorrow night and even suggested he would WD from the Genesis if needed (may have been joking). Regardless, he is not letting those off-the-course plans get in the way of his play so far. The big hitter continues to shows signs of improved form but he still hasn't picked up a top 30 since last August.
Feb 15 - 8:43 PM

Bubba Watson steadied a 4-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, grabbing an early seat inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.

The big-hitting lefty has been in a prolonged slump but a return to a comfortable venue may help him find a spark. Watson unleashed the driver early and often today, striping 10 (of 14) fairways while bombing 13 drives of 300+ yards. That was good for +2.494 strokes gained off-the-tee (2nd in the field). Stellar driving set up plenty of good looks and he ended up converting on five birdies to offset a lone bogey. Making his 12th appearance at this event, Watson has now carded 12 red numbers in R1 at TPC Scottsdale. Those fast starts have yielded six top 15s over the years, including a pair of runner-up finishes.
Feb 1 - 7:09 PM

Bubba Watson enters the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week as the No. 108 golfer in the OWGR while checking in at No. 193 in the FedEx Cup standings.

It's been a tough road to hoe for Watson so far in his brief appearances in the 2018 PGA Tour season, finishing 51st at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, 67th at The RSM Classic and a missed cut at the CareerBuilder Challenge. The two-time Masters champ has fallen from the top of the sport to near obscurity in a very short period, and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to bounce back. If he can re-gain his previous form, he is a steal in DFS right now, as he ranks in the bottom third as far as salary is concerned. But that's a big 'if', as he hasn't shown any signs of life this season after a dismal 2017.
Jan 31 - 10:08 PM

Making his season debut, World No. 63 Bubba Watson returns for his third Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nevada, first since T14 in 2007. UPDATE: Watson finished T51 on 1-over 285 (72-71-71-71).

The 38-year-old, wanting to support the city after the tragic event on Oct. 1, ends his long sabbatical from the Shriners after playing two consecutive times in his first two seasons on TOUR. He finished a career-worst 75th in the FedExCup standings last season, failing to qualify for the TOUR Championship for the first time since finishing 37th in 2013. On 22 starts, the Floridian made 14 cuts and posted six top 25s (tied career low) and four top 10s. His season best was a T5 at the Zurich, teamed with J.B. Holmes, and his best individually was T6 at the Memorial back in June. The Georgia alum opened the Playoffs with T10 (NORTHERN TRUST) but bowed out with T69 at the Dell. He's back to a Titleist ball (for now), as his relationship with Volvik ended.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 09:12:00 PM

World No. 54 Bubba Watson signed for an even-par 34-36=70 after the final round of THE NORTHERN TRUST to conclude on 4-under 276, good for a seven-way T10.

This was the 38-year-old's 12th appearance, sixth top 25 (third straight) and third top 10. It's his eighth top 10 in 41 Playoffs events and second straight, joining T10 at the 2016 TOUR Championship. After opening in 67-68-71, the Georgia alum began T10 on 4-under, eight adrift of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth. He hit 10 (of 14) fairways and just eight greens in regulation, losing 0.822 strokes approaching-the-green. The Floridian carded five birdies at Nos. 4, 7, 9, 12 and 13, cancelled by three squares at 1, 3 and 17, all failed sand saves, and double bogey-6 at 11 after putting his second into the water. He recorded a stellar 1.375 putts but just 0.565 SG: Putting, needing 25 total putts.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 07:47:00 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 54 Bubba Watson rallied for a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in the second round of THE NORTHERN TRUST to post 5-under 135, up one spot to T5, one swing shy of a quartet of 36-hole leaders.

The 38-year-old has just one bogey thru 36 holes, No. 1 in the field in that stat. He opened Day 2 with 10 pars in 11 holes, squaring the par-4 11th after hitting his second into the water -- but then canned an 18-foot 5-incher to "save" a 5. The Floridian got on the board with back-to-back circles at Nos. 3 (from 26'4") and 4, knocking in a 15-footer from the fringe, and then walked off with birdie-3 at 9 from 17'0". He striped 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.727 strokes off-the-tee and 1.081 around-the-green, but losing 1.762 approaching-the-green. The Georgia alum registered 1.857 putts per GIR and 2.131 SG: Putting, 2nd in the field in SGP with a cumulative 5.046.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 07:06:00 PM

Bubba Watson waltzed his way to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of THE NORTHERN TRUST, staking out an early spot inside the top 5 on the live leaderboard.

The big-hitting lefty gained 1.013 strokes off-the-tee today as he striped 11 (of 14) fairways. His approach play wasn't as strong as he managed just 10 greens in regulation, putting a lot of stress on his short game. He responded nicely, with an 8-for-8 scrambling effort, converting five putts from the 6-to-9 foot range in addition to a 15'1" birdie splash at the 11th. Entering the week, Watson ranked 147th in strokes gained putting, so today's strong performance on the greens was a nice bonus for Watson owners. At 113th in the FedExCup standings, Watson will need to keep his foot on the gas for three more days if he wants to vault inside the top 100 by week's end.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 02:23:00 PM

World No. 47 Bubba Watson styled a bogey-free 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the third round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to reach 3-under 207, up 19 spots on the live leaderboard to T11, five back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Scott Hend.

Watson's was the third blemish-free lap of the day and just the fourth of the week. After kicking off in 67-74, he began T30 on 1-over, four shy of the overnight top 10. The 38-year-old landed seven (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.995 strokes approaching-the-green and 3.441 tee-to-green. The Floridian circled holes 7, 9, 10 and 15, three from between 14 and 30 feet, recording 1.714 putts per GIR and 1.040 SG: Putting. He missed two scoring tries from inside of nine feet but did save par from 15'11" at the fourth.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 05:01:00 PM