Notes Bubba Goes Deep When Things Get Dull

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DUBLIN, Ohio -- Bubba Watson wasn't playing very well, so he thought he'd shake things up.
 
The results made for some unforgettable moments Saturday in the third round of the Memorial Tournament.

'I was playing real bad, so I hit driver just to do it,' said Watson, one of the biggest hitters on tour. 'I figured, why not?'
 
The 14th hole at Muirfield Village Golf Club is an unlikely choice to pull out the big lumber. It's a 363-yard, par-4 hole which has a narrow green surrounded by bunkers on the left and a creek on the right. Almost every player in the tournament's 31 years has played it the exact same way: a long iron off the tee to lay up short of the creek, an 8 iron or wedge to the green, hit two putts and move on to the next hole.
 
Watson, 5 over for the tournament and headed nowhere, ignored the conventional wisdom.
 
A few hundred spectators ringed the green when a ball landed on the left edge of the green and rolled about 60 feet short of the hole. When they realized what had happened, many started yelling, 'Bubba!'
 
As he walked up the fairway, he struck a pose.
 
'Some guy yelled 'flex' so I wanted to show him I didn't have any muscles, since I've never worked out,' Watson said, laughing. 'I go in there just to say hey to everybody, but not to work out.'
 
The drive was measured at 352 yards. Watson barely missed the eagle putt, then rolled in the 4-footer for birdie.
 
At the closing hole -- also a tight par-4 -- he again hit driver and cleared a tree and nine bunkers with his 334-yard drive. He two putted for par, finishing with a 77 that left him at 3-over 219, 14 shots behind leader Carl Pettersson. Watson's caddie let his golf bag fall on his ball after a 327-yard drive at the par-5 seventh hole, which resulted in a stroke penalty.
 
'I'm just making a living hitting the ball,' he said while signing autographs for kids who called out his name. 'It's fun. I enjoy it. That's why I hit driver today, hoping I could do something so people would cheer for me. They weren't cheering when I was shooting 5 over.'
 
DIRTY PROBLEM
Phil Mickelson returned Saturday morning to resume the rain-delayed second round when he noticed the hole on the sixth green was not in the same spot as it was when he left the course the night before.
 
The new hole was about 3 feet away, and there was a good reason for the relocation.
 
Someone had defecated in the hole overnight.
 
'They tried to clean it up as best they could,' PGA Tour tournament official Slugger White said. 'The more they cleaned around the cup, it tufted the grass up.'
 
The best solution was to move the hole, and officials had the players move their ball marks the same distance. White wasn't sure if there was precedence in a book of decisions on the Rules of Golf.
 
'That's just common sense,' he said.
 
BIG WEEKEND
Kevin Hall, the first deaf player on tour, missed the cut but didn't miss any of the fun at the Memorial.
 
Followed by huge galleries, her 23-year-old son shot two rounds of 79 and missed the cut by 10 strokes.
 
He started the tournament with a birdie and then closed out his rain-delayed second round on Saturday morning with another birdie.
 
'It was very special, in front of all these people,' he said through a signer. 'I will cherish this memory forever.'
 
Hall will play in Nationwide Tour events and hopes to get some exemptions into PGA TOUR events, where he has missed the cut in all five tournaments he has entered.
 
Hall rated his weekend a resounding success.
 
'On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd say it was about a 15,' he said with a grin.
 
FASHION PLATE
Jesper Parnevik missed the cut in golf but lapped the field in haute couture.
 
The Swede finished up his second round with a 73 on Saturday to miss the cut by a shot. He wore a black sleeveless sweater and black pants, black and white shoes and a black and white hat. He also wore a white, short-sleeved knit white shirt with a button-down collar, accented by a thin black tie loosened at the collar.
 
Asked if he received any comments from the galleries, Parnevik said, 'Yeah. They like it.'
 
MAJOR BAG
Todd Servick has had quite a week carrying a golf bag.
 
Servick, who works for the ski company Saloman in Utah and is close friends with Mark O'Meara, spent last Saturday at Winged Foot caddying for Tiger Woods during a practice round for the U.S. Open.
 
He showed up at Muirfield Village on Thursday to spend the weekend with O'Meara and was in the clubhouse Saturday morning when former Masters champion Mike Weir showed up looking for a caddie.
 
Turns out Weir's caddie, Brennan Little, learned on his way to the golf course that his wife in Dallas was getting ready to deliver their first child. Weir sent him to the airport and went looking for a caddie. He had a couple of friends in the area, but knew Servick had caddied for O'Meara at a few tournaments, including the Masters.
 
So in one week, Servick wound up caddying for four of the last six winners of the Masters.
 
'Pretty good, isn't it?' he said after Weir finished his second round.
 
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