Watson adds two shots to Masters lore

By Jay CoffinApril 14, 2014, 12:40 am

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Most Masters champions have a shot that defines the victory.

Bubba Watson’s crazy hooked wedge shot in the playoff two years ago, Phil Mickelson’s shot off the pine straw, Tiger Woods’ chip-in on 16 in 2005… you get the picture.

Well, Watson will have two shots that will be long remembered from this victory – the monstrous drive on the par-5 13th and the approach shot through the trees on the par-5 15th hole.

“His drive on 13, I’ll never forget,” said Jordan Spieth, who played alongside Watson. “I thought that it was out of bounds 70 yards left and it was perfect.”

Watson stood on the 13th tee with a two-shot lead and swung for the fences with a huge sweeping slice that clipped a tree and went 366 yards. He hit a 56-degree sand wedge into the green and two-putted for birdie.

The drive was Bubba Golf at its finest.


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“I knew it, when I took off, it was cutting a little too much,” Watson said. “Obviously, when you get a roar on your tee shot, you know it’s pretty good.”

Watson’s tee shot on 15 landed left and he seemingly had tree trouble. But he hit a low, choked-down 6-iron that cut a little too much and jumped over the back of the green. Still, the shot was ridiculously risky for a man with a three-shot lead at the time.

“I was thinking about hitting the 8-iron up the gap and I told my caddie, I said, ‘I’m not going to do that to you. You tell me what to do. If you want me to lay up, I’ll lay up,’ ” Watson said.

“I was trying to hit it in the bunker, the worst spot would be in the bunker and that’s where I was trying to hit it. But you know, I wanted to get a little closer to the pin, and so I cut it a little bit without telling my caddie I was going to do that.”

Watson failed to get up and down from behind the green and made par, but it was enough to hold the three-shot lead with three holes remaining.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.


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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.


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