Look out Freddy and Appleby. There’s a new “boom-boom” in town and his name is Bubba Watson.
Bubba is a new player on the PGA Tour. He finished 21st on the Nationwide in 2005. He was in the top 10 on the Nationwide Tour 5 times last year and he’s already notched a top 10 in his first PGA Tour event.
His 8th place finish at the Sony was good enough to earn him $244,800. He earned $202,437 during the entire Nationwide season in 2005. Good start.
The reason I’m writing this article is because of Bubba’s length. This left handed Ping player led the Nationwide in driving distance in ’05 with an average of 334 yards. He had 4 of the 10 longest drives recorded on the Nationwide last year.
“Boom Boom 2.0” was bombing it 100 yards past Rory Sabbatini and simply blowing the announcers away. He was carrying the ball in the air over 300 yards. His driving average in the Sony was 336.3. That is average folks. Ping is going to love this.
Bubba had a great reply during his post round interview:
Announcer: “When is the last time someone out drove you?”
Bubba: “My father when I was six years old.”
Bob Hope: "Hoping" not to see Kenny G