Bubba learned to shape shots over Boos house


DORAL, Fla. – What’s the best shot Bubba Watson’s ever hit?

Was it his driver off the deck from more than 300 yards at the 18th hole in the first round of the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a giant controlled slice that set up an eagle?

Or the low-burning 3-iron he blasted 285 yards at Dove Mountain’s 11th hole to set up an eagle in defeating Geoff Ogilvy at the Accenture Match Play Championship?

Watson said neither.

“The 3-footer to win my first tournament ever [at The Travelers last year],” Watson said. “I actually hit it straight. First straight one I ever hit.”

Watson, who loves to shape shots, says he learned to work the ball growing up in Bagdad, Fla., while playing nearby Tanglewood Country Club, where fellow PGA Tour pros Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum also played.

Weekley’s parents have a home at the corner dogleg of the sixth hole there. Watson’s hit many a shot over the Weekley home.

“Let’s just say I shaped it around,” Watson said. “I’ve never hit his parents’ house, put it that way. I can go on record and say that.”