After Further Review: Bubba's uncommon honesty


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Bubba Watson's complicated thought processes, Jordan Spieth's diplomacy with the media, and Qualifying School's enduring allure.

Bubba Watson, the man of a million thoughts, is as uniquely talented as he is honest, traits that often are misinterpreted and misunderstood. On Sunday at the Hero World Challenge following a closing 66 for a three-stroke victory, Bubba offered a glimpse into his complicated mind.

“We'll say first shot of the day today, right?” he explained. “In my head, by the time I took it back and by the time I hit the ball and by the time I swing into it, I had fears of a toe hook. I had fears of hitting it in the bunker. I had fears of not cutting it. I had fears of over-cutting it.”

Watson’s struggles, like that homemade swing, are real and common for anyone who has ever played the game. His honesty is what separates him from the rest of the pack. - Rex Hoggard

Jordan Spieth opened this week at the Hero World Challenge saying Tiger Woods was the most influential person to his career. Thank goodness that doesn’t include his interaction with the media.

Spieth could not be a more accommodating superstar. He answers questions with given thought and doesn’t recoil from the post-interview scrum. He’s comfortable and casual.

After his round Sunday, he shook writers’ hands and wished them happy holidays. He probably hasn’t had dinner with them on countless occasions, but you can’t ask for everything. - Mercer Baggs

When the PGA Tour revamped its qualifying system and got rid of Q-School as we knew it, a certain romance to the game was lost. It was only lost in the men’s game, though. The women still have it.

On Sunday at LPGA International, we saw what made the original appeal of Q-School work. We saw players emerge from almost nowhere to make the leap to the best tour in their sport.

We saw a player like Cyna Rodriguez, toiling on the Ladies Philippines Golf Tour and the Taiwan LPGA, win a tour card. We saw Megan Khang, barely 18 years old and playing just her second event as a pro, win full LPGA membership. We saw an amateur named Gaby Lopez make the direct leap from college to the LPGA.

We were reminded how much fun it can be to see players leap to their dream in almost a single bound. - Randall Mell