HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Heath Slocum didn’t see Bubba Watson’s winning shot on the second playoff hole on Sunday, at least not in the traditional sense.
“I was at dinner with my family and kept getting text updates from a friend,” said Slocum, who first met Watson when the Masters champion was in fifth grade. “I saw him hit his tee shot on the first playoff hole and I told my wife, ‘He’s going to stuff this wedge (shot).’”
Watson did “stuff” his approach at the 18th hole to 8 feet, but missed the birdie attempt and after a wayward drive into the trees right of the 10th fairway on the second extra hole he needed to manufacture a roping wedge shot that drew some 40 yards.
But then Slocum has seen that before. Slocum, Watson and Boo Weekley grew up playing Tanglewood Golf Club and Country Club in Milton, Fla., where Slocum’s father was the club pro. And if the world thinks Watson moves the golf ball a lot now you should have seen him before equipment advances reduced sidespin.
“What do you think he did with a balata (ball)? Seriously,” he smiled.