I’ll have to admit, I thought after his first victory at The Masters two years ago that maybe Bubba Watson was a “one and done” guy. He got hot for one tournament, hit a really good shot in the playoff with Louis Oosthuizen, picked up his Green Jacket…. see Ya! Bubba went in the tank for a year and a half, and I had the feeling that maybe he was going to be a one-hit-wonder.
I know there is a huge demand on your time when you win a major golf championship, especially The Masters, but Bubba kinda went nuts. Golf Boys II..The Bubba Hovercraft Golf Cart…The Duck Dynasty connection. Dude was too busy to play golf!
The other big demand on Bubba Watson’s time was a new son. And that, more importantly than anything else, eat into his time to practice, and play golf, the one thing that got him to the top.
We all know that Bubba is temperamental, somewhat arrogant, and likes to do things his way. He got aggravated in Phoenix with the slow play, raucous fans and blew up on the 72nd hole at TPC Scottsdale only to give up a lead, and a win to Kevin Stadler. Just in case we thought he couldn’t do it anymore, he showed us at Riviera that maybe he was back, committed to playing, and winning golf tournaments.
Bubba Watson got on a back-nine roll Friday afternoon, and if it hadn’t been for a bogey at 18 would have carried a four-shot lead into the weekend. After making the turn at even par, he started making birdies at the 12th hole and didn’t stop until 16, where he almost got another ace on the infamous par 3.
Only an errant second shot at 18 forced a bogey, and got him into the clubhouse at -7 under par, with a three-shot lead over John Senden. He will take that three-shot lead into Saturday and tee it up with the Valspar Champion in the final group.
“None of us can stop Bubba,” said Fred Couples, the 1992 champ who’s five shots back. “If he goes out and does what he did yesterday and today, he’s the guy to beat.”
“Going to be tough to catch him if he keeps playing like that,” added Luke Donald, who played with Watson the first 36 holes.