Whit Watson - May 30, 2012


Golf Channel Reporter Whit Watson is in Dublin, Ohio this week for the Memorial Tournament. Rory McIlroy had two different practice range sessions on Tuesday. He spent about two hours on the range in the morning and after spending time on the course, he returned for an afternoon range session. Rory was surrounded by his coaches and Watson said that it looked as though Rory was working intensely to try to get his game into proper shape for this week’s tournament.

When 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson enters the media center, it is no different from how it was before he won his first Major. Bubba is still the roller coaster he has always been and seems to be the same person which is a great thing. He did note yesterday that the demands of his time have significantly increased since his win at Augusta National and that he was pretty tired but the Bubba he saw on Tuesday was the same Bubba that he has seen in the media center for many years.

Dustin Johnson seems to be in good spirits this week as he returns to the PGA TOUR after some time off due to injury. He was unable to practice or play at all for five weeks and he is very happy to be back on the course. When it comes to getting his game back, Dustin said that the last club to return was his driver.

Tiger Woods did a web conference on Google+ on Tuesday and the reaction from media members was decidedly mixed with some people liking it and others not liking it very much. Most members of the media were watching it live and even Commissioner Tim Finchem was asked about it off-camera and said that what Tiger was doing was very interesting.

Monday is Golf’s Longest Day with the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifiers and Watson said that he will be at the Scarlet Course at Ohio State University to give live reports from one of the most popular qualifiers. The field will look like a regular PGA TOUR event and Ryan Ballengee will be reporting from Scioto Country Club which is the other course being used during the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Columbus, Ohio. Three years ago, Lucas Glover went on to win the U.S. Open after earning his place in the field via the Columbus, Ohio sectional qualifier.