Bubba Watson went on a “charm offensive” this week at the French Open. After missing the cut by a mile today, he basically did everything he could to reinforce the “ugly American” stereotype that many Europeans have.
Christina Kim, for one, was not impressed with his behavior and went on a twitter tirade against Watson:
Wow… Ryo Ishikawa announced earlier this week that he is donating all of his 2011 tournament earnings to disaster relief in his home country of Japan.
Ishikawa may not be a household name in the US yet, but he will be soon. He’s a phenomenal golfing talent. He won his first start on the Japanese Tour as an amateur at the age of 15. And last year he shot a 58 on the Japanese Tour, the lowest round of golf ever recorded on a professional tour.
Last year, Bubba Watson was all that stood between Martin Kaymer and his first major. Kaymer defeated Watson in a 3-hole playoff to claim the PGA Championship. Yesterday, Watson was all that was standing between Kaymer and the #1 world ranking.
It took just a little bit longer (a full 18 holes), but after Kaymer won the 16th hole to go dormie, he seemed destined to displace Lee Westwood on top of the world golf rankings, a spot that Westwood has held since Oct 31st.
Kaymer will now face Luke Donald in the final match of the WGC-Accenture. The number 1 spot is secure, but I’m sure that Kaymer would love to put an exclamation point on it with a win. That’s going to be a tough task, as Donald has birdied 13 of his last 27 holes. But he can’t stay that hot forever can he?
The format was interesting. They played a two round elimination event. Each player got 3 shots and the ball had to be in play to count. They moved the players up to to the Women’s tees, bringing the overall length of the hole down to 455 yards from the normal 663 yards.
It’s often a hotly debated topic on internet golf boards: How do the longest driving PGA Tour Pros compare to the long drive competition specialists?
This week we may get an answer (or at least more fodder for the internet forums). At the 2011 season opener in Kapalua, Jamie Sadlowski, the current king of the long drive will square up against the 3-longest drivers on the PGA Tour, Robert Garrigus, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson, on the 18th hole of the Plantation Course.
Yes, you heard me. Check out this video of Bubba Watson making an Albatross (a freaking 2 on a par-5) from 283 yards out with his 4-wood on Friday at the Chevron World Challenge. Of course I make shots like that all the time, but since most people don’t, I thought you all might like to see it for yourself.