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Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 2nd, 2011
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Bubba Watson

Bubba has 3 wins in 10 months, leads FedEx Cup

If you are a pro golfer on tour and your last name starts with a “W,” you had a great chance of winning this past weekend.  Both Bubba Watson and Lee Westwood won this week.  You may also have had a great chance if you play Ping golf clubs.

Bubba Watson

No secret that I’m a big fan of Bubba Watson.  This self taught, coach free player with the unorthodox swing has notched three wins on Tour in less than a year.

Following the two hole playoff yesterday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Bubba has moved to #10 in the world and #1 in the 2011 FedEx Cup standings.

I know Lee Westwood is ranked #1 again, but it may be time to start the “best current player without a major” discussion with Bubba as the subject.  No doubt Watson is at least the best player from the USA right now.

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Zurich Classic Final Round TV Coverage

Written by: Tony Korologos | Sunday, May 1st, 2011
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Bubba Watson

I’m a big Bubba Watson fan.  Bubba is currently tied for the lead at -12 in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with Webb Simpson.  John Rollins is one back at -11.  I’d like to see Bubba hold on and pull off another win this year.  This year we’ve had some fantastic finishes and this week looks like it could be yet another.

If the sun keeps heating things up here, I may have to set the DVR to record the finish today so I can go play or practice.  The snow is melting off.

Zurich Classic Sunday TV Coverage

3:00pm-6:00pm ET CBS


Bubba Watson withdraws from Northern Trust Open at Riviera

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, February 18th, 2011
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Watson WD's @ Riviera

During yesterday’s broadcast Bubba Watson was mic’d up. He was telling Fred Couples that he’d been to the hospital twice during the week but xrays and MRI’s didn’t show anything was wrong. It appears that the problem is a strained stomach muscle, which has caused Bubba to withdraw.

I love watching Bubba play. If I tried to swing like he does, I’d pull a stomach muscle too, and about 124 other muscles. I’d probably end up in traction.


Tournament of Champions – Robert Garrigus leads after two rounds. Villegas disqualified.

Written by: Tony Korologos | Saturday, January 8th, 2011
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At the Tournament of Champions, low numbers abound for most of the field, as the greens continue to be very soft and receptive, and the winds have yet to pick up at Kapalua.

Robert Garrigus Leads

Robert Garrigus has a one shot lead at -14 over steady Carl Pettersson. Garrigus shot an amazing 63, which is -10 on the par-73 track at Kapaula.  His back nine was completed in 31 shots, six under the par of 37 for that side.  Garrigus hit ALL of his greens in regulation and had a putts per green in regulation of 1.556.  Both stats are truly off the charts.

Bubba Watson Shot Encore

Bubba Watson hit the same shot he hit yesterday on #18, but was a few yards farther out. He hit driver off the deck for his 2nd shot again, carving it with the shape of the hole and nearly reaching the green again from roughly 315 yards. Despite a less-than-stellar chip, Bubba still made birdie. He’s -3 for #18 in two days so far.

Camilo Villegas Disqualified

While watching the first round live, I remember the shot Camilo Villegas hit from a divot. The ball rolled up the hill close to the green, stopped, then rolled back down to him. While the ball was rolling back to him, he brushed away some loose pieces of grass and dirt from his divot. I thought it was odd that he’d mess with the ground while the ball was rolling right toward him. The ball rolled right over, if not within inches of where he brushed away the loose impediments.

By rule, that action is illegal. Villegas did not penalize himself for moving loose impediments which could effect a ball in motion. By not penalizing himself, he turned in an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified. Ouch. Tough thing to have to swallow on your 29th birthday.  That birthday present was delivered by a fan who called in the violation.

Hyundai Tournament Of Champions Leaderboard
1 R. Garrigus F (-10) -14
2 C. Pettersson F (-6) -13
3 J. Byrd F (-5) -12
T4 E. Els F (-9) -10
T4 S. Stricker F (-6) -10
T4 F. Molinari F (-6) -10
T4 J. Furyk F (-5) -10
T8 D. Johnson F (-7) -9
T8 B. Crane F (-3) -9
T10 I. Poulter F (-5) -8
T10 B. Lunde F (-5) -8
T10 B. Haas F (-3) -8
T13 J. Day F (-7) -7
T13 G. McDowell F (-5) -7
T13 M. Kuchar F (-3) -7

The Byrd is the word at Kapalua after round one

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, January 7th, 2011
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It was nice to finally watch the PGA Tour yesterday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Kapalua was playing fairly easy with soft receptive greens due to rainy conditions. The wet conditions did make some approaches a little longer.

Johnathan Byrd (#1 in greens in regulation) sits atop the leaderboard at -7 (66, par-73) with Carl Pettersson.

Shot Of The Day – Bubba Watson

On the long par-5 18th hole, Bubba Watson was over 300 yards out for his 2nd shot after hitting a 349 yard drive. 18 curves severely right to left. Bubba hit driver off the deck and intentionally carved a banana ball right with the curvature of the hole. It hit about 50 yards short of the green, rolled onto the surface to about 15 feet. Amazing shot. Bubba capped it off with his first eagle of the year by making the putt.

Top 15

T1 J. Byrd -7
T1 C. Pettersson -7
3 B. Crane -6
T4 B. Haas -5
T4 C. Hoffman -5
T4 J. Furyk -5
T7 R. Garrigus -4
T7 S. Appleby -4
T7 A. Kim -4
T7 F. Molinari -4
T7 S. Stricker -4
T7 M. Kuchar -4
T13 B. Lunde -3
T13 H. Slocum -3
T13 I. Poulter -3

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