AKRON, Ohio – With a helping breeze at his back and a downhill slope at the landing area, Bubba Watson busted a drive 424 yards on the 16th hole at Firestone CC on Saturday – the longest drive on the PGA Tour this season by 27 yards.
It stands to reason that the big-hitting Masters champion would be the favorite going into the return of the Long Drive Competition prior to next week’s PGA Championship.
Except for one little problem.
“I’m not going to do it,” Watson told GolfChannel.com after his round.
He currently leads the PGA Tour with an average driving distance of 313.6 yards.
“I’m there to play golf, not to hit it far,” said the namesake of BubbaGolf. “I’ve got to practice. I’ve never been to the course. I don’t need to worry about a long drive on the 10th hole.”
As for that 424-yarder on 16? It led to a bogey.
Watson tried to go for the green on the 667-yard hole – yes, 667 – and came up short with his second shot.
“I hit 5-iron downwind and I missed it. I knew when I hit it.”