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Bubba Watson

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

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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. Nov 1 - 9:12 PM

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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.
Aug 27 - 7:47 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.
Aug 25 - 7:06 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.
Aug 24 - 2:23 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.
Aug 5 - 5:01 PM

Making his eighth appearance at Firestone Country Club, Bubba Watson opened the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational with a 3-under-par 35-32=67, giving him an early spot inside the top 10.

The big-hitting lefty started his day on the back nine with an 11'7" birdie splash at the par-4 10th. He would add two more circles before making the turn, but also missed two other birdie looks from the 6-to-8 foot range. On his homeward nine he traded one birdie with one bogey, circling his birdie at the par-5 second, from 16 feet. Watson has finished T14 and runner-up in his last two appearances at Firestone CC. The bomber left a few strokes out there on the greens, but that is what happens sometimes when you pelt 14 greens and give yourself a lot of decent scoring chances. Watson is one to watch closely as he continues to finally show signs of form, just in time for a FedExCup Playoffs run.
Aug 3 - 1:10 PM

World No. 46 Bubba Watson twirled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the RBC Canadian Open, placing him one stroke off the early lead in Oakville, Ontario.

The big hitter made it look easy today, pelting 16 greens in regulation despite finding just eight (of 14) fairways. By day's end he gave himself 10 scoring chances from inside 14 feet, converting on six of them. Watson would maintain momentum with a 6'10" par-saver at the par-4 first, just after the turn. The lefty lipped out a couple putts today, but overall has nothing to complain about after a brilliant opening round. This will be the first time he's positioned himself inside the top 10 after R1 since the 2016 Travelers Championship. After a gutsy T27 at last week's Open Championship, Watson appears to be rounding into form just ahead of the FedExCup Playoffs.
Jul 27 - 1:39 PM

Bubba Watson readies for his fifth appearance at Glen Abbey Golf Club as he preps for this week's RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario.

The big hitter doesn't make it north of the border often, but it's generally Glen Abbey Golf Club on the slate when he does. That is likely due to him having family in the area, adding a bit to his comfort level this week. The last time he was here (2015), he pieced together four straight sub-70 rounds to finish runner-up to Jason Day. More recently, Watson hasn't been himself this year but he was T10 thru R2 last week at Royal Birkdale. Currently just 117th in the FedExCup race, this would be a great week to pad his FEC Point totals as the season starts to wind down.
Jul 26 - 1:25 PM

Bubba Watson heads home in anticipation of this week's Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The big-hitting lefty is a property owner at the Greenbrier Resort, and he continues to improve upon each return visit. Watson posted a T30 in his 2013 debut before returning with T16 and T13 finishes over the next two editions. The lefty was a big part of the cleanup efforts last year when the area was hammered with extreme flooding. Given his close ties to the area, this week should mean a lot of Watson as they return from a one-year absence due to the aforementioned flooding. The bomber ranks just 115th in the FedExCup race as he's struggled in 2017 by his lofty standards, but gamers should give him a strong look this week in all formats as he tees it up in a home game.
Jul 5 - 2:17 PM

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

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