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Gerry “Bubba” Watson (born November 5, 1978) is an American professional golfer who won the 2012 Masters Tournament. Watson is one of the few left-handed golfers on tour and is known for his tremendous length. The longest driver on the PGA Tour, in 2007 he had an average drive of 315.2 yards and is capable of generating a ball speed of 194 mph, being one of the few players who can hit a ball over 350 yards.[1][2] He has been featured in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. Watson won the 2012 Masters Tournament after defeating Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden death play-off

 

Professional wins (6)

PGA Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 June 27, 2010 Travelers Championship –14 (65-68-67-66=266) Playoff United States Corey Pavin, United States Scott Verplank
2 Jan 30, 2011 Farmers Insurance Open –16 (71-65-69-67=272) 1 stroke United States Phil Mickelson
3 May 1, 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans –15 (66-68-70-69=273) Playoff United States Webb Simpson
4 Apr 8, 2012 Masters Tournament –10 (69-71-70-68=278) Playoff South Africa Louis Oosthuizen

PGA Tour playoff record (3-1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2010 Travelers Championship United States Corey Pavin, United States Scott Verplank Won with par on second extra hole Pavin eliminated with par on first hole
2 2010 PGA Championship Germany Martin Kaymer Lost three-hole aggregate playoff: (Kaymer:11, Watson:12)
3 2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans United States Webb Simpson Won with birdie on second extra hole
4 2012 Masters Tournament South Africa Louis Oosthuizen Won with par on second extra hole

 

 

Professional career

Watson turned professional in 2003 and joined the Nationwide Tour where he played until 2005. He finished 21st on the Nationwide Tour’s money list in 2005, making him the last player to qualify for the 2006 PGA Tour. As a rookie on the PGA Tour, he earned $1,019,264 (90th overall) and led the PGA Tour in driving distance (319.6 yards). His longest ever drive on the PGA Tour was a 416 yard drive at the 2010 Sony Open. His longest drive in professional competition was a 422 yard drive on the Nationwide Tour.

Watson played well at the 2007 U.S. Open. He was in the final group on Saturday after shooting rounds of 70–71 (+1) at Oakmont Country Club. He was one stroke off the lead at the start of the third round but then slipped, shooting 74 (+4) in the third and fourth rounds. He finished in a tie for fifth.

Watson claimed his first PGA Tour win on June 27, 2010 in Cromwell, Connecticut at the Travelers Championship in a two-hole sudden death playoff, beating Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank.[5] Watson tearfully dedicated the win to his parents, specifically his father who was battling cancer.

Watson was runner-up to Martin Kaymer at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, after losing a playoff that was initially also going to include Dustin Johnson before he was given a two stroke penalty. Watson led the playoff after the first hole but, Watson hit his 2nd shot in the water hazard at the last hole. Kaymer eventually defeated him by one stroke on the third and final hole.

Watson had his own clothing line called Bubba Golf at the former Steve & Barry’s. He was invited on the Ellen Degeneres show after he sent her a video of a golf trick shot he completed for her birthday.

On January 30, 2011, Watson won his second PGA Tour event, the Farmers Insurance Open, beating Phil Mickelson by one stroke.[6] Watson picked up his second win of the 2011 season and third career PGA Tour title on May 1 when he defeated Webb Simpson at the second playoff hole at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.[7] On the first playoff hole, both players made birdies with Watson holing a 12 footer to take them into a second playoff hole. At the second playoff hole Watson made a birdie again to win the tournament, whereas the best Simpson could manage was a par.

In July 2011, Watson provoked controversy by criticizing the Alstom Open de France, in which he was playing under a sponsor’s exemption; he indicated after his first round that he would not be playing any further events on the European Tour,[8] and complained after his second round about security and organization at the tournament.[9]

Watson took part in the Long Drive Contest for charity at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions alongside Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus. He finished in second place, with a longest drive of 370 yards behind a drive of over 400 yards by Jamie Sadlowski.

 

 

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Leaderboard
POS START CTRY PLAYER TO PAR TODAY THRU R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
T1 1 Jason Dufner -5 -2 F 69 70 139
T1 1 Fred Couples -5 -5 F 72 67 139
T3 3 Bubba Watson -4 -1 F 69 71 140
T3 3 Sergio Garcia -4 -4 F 72 68 140
T3 3 Rory McIlroy -4 -3 F 71 69 140
T3 3 Louis Oosthuizen -4 E F 68 72 140
T3 3 Lee Westwood -4 +1 F 67 73 140
T8 8 Miguel Jimenez -3 E F 69 72 141
T8 8 Matt Kuchar -3 -2 F 71 70 141
T8 8 Paul Lawrie -3 E F 69 72 141
T11 11 Henrik Stenson -2 -1 F 71 71 142
T11 11 Nick Watney -2 -1 F 71 71 142
T11 11 Peter Hanson -2 +2 F 68 74 142
T11 11 Aaron Baddeley -2 -1 F 71 71 142
T11 11 Phil Mickelson -2 -4 F 74 68 142
T11 11 Vijay Singh -2 E F 70 72 142
T11 11 Charles Howell III -2 -2 F 72 70 142
T11 11 Ben Crane -2 +1 F 69 73 142
T19 19 Gary Woodland -1 -2 F 73 70 143
T19 19 Y.E. Yang -1 -2 F 73 70 143
T19 19 Jim Furyk -1 +1 F 70 73 143
T19 19 Jonathan Byrd -1 -1 F 72 71 143
T19 19 Sean O’Hair -1 -2 F 73 70 143
T24 24 Justin Rose E E F 72 72 144
T24 24 Francesco Molinari E +3 F 69 75 144
T24 24 Hunter Mahan E E F 72 72 144
T24 24 Padraig Harrington E +1 F 71 73 144
T24 24 Fredrik Jacobson E -4 F 76 68 144
T24 24 Ian Poulter E E F 72 72 144
T24 24 Zach Johnson E +2 F 70 74 144
T31 31 Hideki Matsuyama +1 +2 F 71 74 145
T31 31 Adam Scott +1 -2 F 75 70 145
T33 33 Sang-Moon Bae +2 -1 F 75 71 146
T33 33 Bill Haas +2 +2 F 72 74 146
T33 33 Geoff Ogilvy +2 E F 74 72 146
T33 33 Stewart Cink +2 +3 F 71 75 146
T33 33 David Toms +2 +1 F 73 73 146
T33 33 Webb Simpson +2 +2 F 72 74 146
T33 33 Kevin Na +2 +3 F 71 75 146
T40 40 Tiger Woods +3 +3 F 72 75 147
T40 40 Charl Schwartzel +3 +3 F 72 75 147
T40 40 Martin Kaymer +3 +3 F 72 75 147
T40 40 Scott Stallings +3 +5 F 70 77 147
T40 40 Graeme McDowell +3 E F 75 72 147
T40 40 Brandt Snedeker +3 +3 F 72 75 147
T40 40 Kevin Chappell +3 +4 F 71 76 147
T47 47 Keegan Bradley +4 +5 F 71 77 148
T47 47 Luke Donald +4 +1 F 75 73 148
T47 47 Rickie Fowler +4 +2 F 74 74 148
T47 47 Steve Stricker +4 +5 F 71 77 148
T47 47 Robert Karlsson +4 +2 F 74 74 148
T47 47 Bo Van Pelt +4 +3 F 73 75 148
T47 47 Anders Hansen +4 E F 76 72 148
T47 47 Ross Fisher +4 +5 F 71 77 148
T47 47 Martin Laird +4 E F 76 72 148
T47 47 Scott Verplank +4 +3 F 73 75 148
T57 57 Kelly Kraft +5 +3 F 74 75 149
T57 57 Trevor Immelman +5 -1 F 78 71 149
T57 57 Angel Cabrera +5 +6 F 71 78 149
T57 57 Thomas Bjorn +5 +4 F 73 76 149
T57 57 Patrick Cantlay +5 +6 F 71 78 149
T57 57 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano +5 +3 F 74 75 149
T57 57 Edoardo Molinari +5 +2 F 75 74 149

Cut: +5

The following players failed to make the cut at +5

64 John Senden +6 +4 CUT 74 76 150
64 Kyung-tae Kim +6 +4 CUT 74 76 150
66 Tom Watson +7 +2 CUT 77 74 151
66 Mike Weir +7 +7 CUT 72 79 151
66 Jose Maria Olazabal +7 +4 CUT 75 76 151
66 Larry Mize +7 +3 CUT 76 75 151
66 Paul Casey +7 +3 CUT 76 75 151
66 Harrison Frazar +7 +6 CUT 73 78 151
66 Kyle Stanley +7 +4 CUT 75 76 151
73 Robert Garrigus +8 +3 CUT 77 75 152
73 Rory Sabbatini +8 +8 CUT 72 80 152
73 Ryan Palmer +8 +5 CUT 75 77 152
73 Bernhard Langer +8 +8 CUT 72 80 152
77 Johnson Wagner +9 +2 CUT 79 74 153
77 Chez Reavie +9 +2 CUT 79 74 153
77 K.J. Choi +9 +4 CUT 77 76 153
77 Bryden Macpherson +9 +4 CUT 77 76 153
77 Ryo Ishikawa +9 +5 CUT 76 77 153
82 Darren Clarke +10 +9 CUT 73 81 154
82 Tim Clark +10 +9 CUT 73 81 154
82 Lucas Glover +10 +7 CUT 75 79 154
82 Ian Woosnam +10 +5 CUT 77 77 154
82 Mark Wilson +10 +6 CUT 76 78 154
87 Alvaro Quiros +11 +5 CUT 78 77 155
87 Corbin Mills +11 +9 CUT 74 81 155
87 Simon Dyson +11 +5 CUT 78 77 155
90 Brendan Steele +12 +8 CUT 76 80 156
91 Randal Lewis +15 +6 CUT 81 78 159
91 Ben Crenshaw +15 +11 CUT 76 83 159
93 Craig Stadler +19 +10 CUT 81 82 163
94 Sandy Lyle +20 +6 CUT 86 78 164
95 Mark O’Meara E WD
96 Jason Day +5 +1 WD 76 76

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Masters Leadeboard After Day 1

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Golf
Leaderboard
POS START CTRY PLAYER TO PAR TODAY THRU R1 R2 R3 R4 TOT
1 1 Lee Westwood -5 -5 F 67 67
T2 2 Louis Oosthuizen -4 -4 F 68 68
T2 2 Peter Hanson -4 -4 F 68 68
T4 4 Ben Crane -3 -3 F 69 69
T4 4 Jason Dufner -3 -3 F 69 69
T4 4 Bubba Watson -3 -3 F 69 69
T4 4 Paul Lawrie -3 -3 F 69 69
T4 4 Miguel Jimenez -3 -3 F 69 69
T4 4 Francesco Molinari -3 -3 F 69 69
T10 10 Zach Johnson -2 -2 F 70 70
T10 10 Vijay Singh -2 -2 F 70 70
T10 10 Jim Furyk -2 -2 F 70 70
T10 10 Scott Stallings -2 -2 F 70 70
T14 14 Kevin Chappell -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Patrick Cantlay -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Kevin Na -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Angel Cabrera -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Rory McIlroy -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Ross Fisher -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Steve Stricker -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Padraig Harrington -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Stewart Cink -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Aaron Baddeley -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Hideki Matsuyama -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Matt Kuchar -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Henrik Stenson -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Keegan Bradley -1 -1 F 71 71
T14 14 Nick Watney -1 -1 F 71 71
T29 29 Ian Poulter E E F 72 72
T29 29 Jonathan Byrd E E F 72 72
T29 29 Bernhard Langer E E F 72 72
T29 29 Charles Howell III E E F 72 72
T29 29 Brandt Snedeker E E F 72 72
T29 29 Mike Weir E E F 72 72
T29 29 Webb Simpson E E F 72 72
T29 29 Rory Sabbatini E E F 72 72
T29 29 Fred Couples E E F 72 72
T29 29 Sergio Garcia E E F 72 72
T29 29 Hunter Mahan E E F 72 72
T29 29 Martin Kaymer E E F 72 72
T29 29 Bill Haas E E F 72 72
T29 29 Justin Rose E E F 72 72
T29 29 Charl Schwartzel E E F 72 72
T29 29 Tiger Woods E E F 72 72
T45 45 Sean O’Hair +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Scott Verplank +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Thomas Bjorn +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Darren Clarke +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 David Toms +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Tim Clark +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Harrison Frazar +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Bo Van Pelt +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Y.E. Yang +1 +1 F 73 73
T45 45 Gary Woodland +1 +1 F 73 73
T55 55 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 Corbin Mills +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 John Senden +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 Phil Mickelson +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 Robert Karlsson +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 Kyung-tae Kim +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 Rickie Fowler +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 Geoff Ogilvy +2 +2 F 74 74
T55 55 Kelly Kraft +2 +2 F 74 74
T64 64 Edoardo Molinari +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Graeme McDowell +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Jose Maria Olazabal +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Ryan Palmer +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Adam Scott +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Lucas Glover +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Kyle Stanley +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Sang-Moon Bae +3 +3 F 75 75
T64 64 Luke Donald +3 +3 F 75 75
T73 73 Martin Laird +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Mark Wilson +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Fredrik Jacobson +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Paul Casey +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Ryo Ishikawa +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Brendan Steele +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Anders Hansen +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Larry Mize +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Ben Crenshaw +4 +4 F 76 76
T73 73 Jason Day +4 +4 F 76 76
T83 83 Ian Woosnam +5 +5 F 77 77
T83 83 K.J. Choi +5 +5 F 77 77
T83 83 Robert Garrigus +5 +5 F 77 77
T83 83 Bryden Macpherson +5 +5 F 77 77
T83 83 Tom Watson +5 +5 F 77 77
T88 88 Simon Dyson +6 +6 F 78 78
T88 88 Trevor Immelman +6 +6 F 78 78
T88 88 Alvaro Quiros +6 +6 F 78 78
T91 91 Chez Reavie +7 +7 F 79 79
T91 91 Johnson Wagner +7 +7 F 79 79
T93 93 Craig Stadler +9 +9 F 81 81
T93 93 Randal Lewis +9 +9 F 81 81
95 95 Sandy Lyle +14 +14 F 86 86
96 Mark O’Meara E WD

2012 Masters Odds

Posted: April 4, 2012 in Golf

Tiger Woods 4/1

Rory McIlroy 5/1

Phil Mickelson 8/1

Luke Donald 15/1

Lee Westwood 18/1

Adam Scott 25/1

Keegan Bradley 30/1

Justin Rose 30/1

Bubba Watson 30/1

Dustin Johnson 30/1

Hunter Mahan 35/1

Charl Schwartzel 35/1

KJ Choi 40/1

Jason Day 40/1

Nick Watney 40/1

Aaron Baddeley 40/1

Sergio Garcia 40/1

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You think of Tiger Woods,you see him with a club in hand, ready to attempt a clutch shot. Or fist-pumping after sinking a big putt. Or . . . how about in scuba gear, leading an attack on enemy forces?

That last scenario isn’t so far-fetched, according to the book about Tiger that’s about to be released by his former coach, Hank Haney.

Golf Digest’s website has posted excerpts from Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, which will appear in the issue that hits newsstands March 6. Haney co-authored the book with Golf Digest senior writer Jaime Diaz, and writes that Tiger at one point had an obsession about the military.

Writes Haney:

“Tiger was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. I didn’t know how he’d go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan . . . I thought, Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.”

Tiger’s father, Earl, spent 20 years in the Army, did two tours of duty in Vietnam, and retired as a lieutenant colonel. The fascination with all things military also came up during a 2004 visit to the Fort Bragg military base, in North Carolina, Haney says:

“Tiger did two tandem parachute jumps, engaged in hand-to-hand combat exercises, went on four-mile runs wearing combat boots, and did drills in a wind tunnel. Tiger loved it, but his physical therapist, Keith Kleven, went a little crazy worrying about the further damage Tiger might be doing to his left knee . . . One morning I was in the kitchen when he came back from a long run around Isleworth, and I noticed he was wearing Army boots. Tiger admitted that he’d worn the heavy shoes before on the same route. ‘I beat my best time,’ he said.”

And by 2007, Haney writes, the job of coaching Tiger became more difficult because of the burden of trying to break Jack Nicklaus’ record for most majors won:

“There was more urgency and less fun . . . He never mentioned Nicklaus’ record, but it started to weigh more heavily at every major. And Tiger’s actions indicated he believed he had less time to do it than everyone thought.”