Bubba Watson - January 25, 2012

By Morning Drive TeamJanuary 25, 2012, 12:53 pm

Bubba Watson won the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open for the first of his two wins on the 2011 PGA TOUR and he returns to Torrey Pines this week to defend his title. He has wanted to start a Foundation but he realized that that would not be the best way to raise the maximum amount of money for worthy causes so he has called on his friends to try to raise $1 million dollars this year. PING is helping out by making a pink version of his driver and for every drive hit over 300 yards, they will donate $300 to a cancer-related charity. The campaign is called “Bubba & Friends: Drive to a Million” and fans can keep track of the money raised at BubbaWatsonGolf.com.

Looking back on 2011, the best moment of his year was being on the winning Presidents Cup team in Australia because he does not know if he will ever get to do that again and while his wins in San Diego and New Orleans were great, nothing compares to winning a team event for your country.

When it comes to appearance fees, he considers very large purses to be appearance fees enough plus he does not have to travel halfway around the world to play for big money when he gets to compete for millions closer to home. The large purses have contributed to his ability to buy the original General Lee car from The Dukes of Hazzard. He watched the show while growing up and he has said for years that he wanted to own the General Lee. He does not plan to sell it but will instead renovate it, drive it around, and take it to charity events. Right now, it has only the basic parts because the car that he bought was the one that jumped up in the air. He has driven it to the gas station and to In-N-Out Burger but next week he will drive it to the Phoenix Open and it will be there in Scottsdale. When he went to get a burger in Scottsdale, he had about 40 people take pictures with it and a lot of other people sat it in.

Over the last year, he felt that he has grown a great deal off the course. His week in France he felt was the best week of the year because of all of the places he got to see and the new things that he got to experience. He also learned what he can do to best help others and win or lose, he feels that right now he is doing what he needs to be doing for his friends and family. While golf is his first love and he wants to get better, he admits that his biggest challenge is practicing and acknowledged that golf will come ahead of his charity work because without good golf, he will not be able to help as many people as he feels he can help.

Being a member of the U.S. Ryder and Presidents Cup teams is something that ranks ahead of winning a Major in his opinion. While winning tournaments is nice and something special, representing his country is something else entirely because he is not just representing his teammates but he is also representing his country.

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Watch: Pieters snaps club ... around his neck

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 1:19 pm

After opening in 3-over 75, Thomas Pieters was in no mood for more poor play on Friday.

Unfortunately for Pieters, he bogeyed two of his first three holes in the second round of the BMW PGA Championship and then didn't like his second shot at the par-5 fourth.

Someone - or some thing - had to pay, and an innocent iron bore the brunt of Pieters' anger.



Pieters made par on the hole, but at 5 over for the tournament, he was five shots off the cut line.

It's not the first time a club has faced Pieters' wrath. 

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Woods would 'love' to see Tour allow shorts

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:59 pm

Players on the European Tour are allowed to wear shorts during practices and pro-ams.

The PGA of America permitted players to show some leg while prepping for last year’s PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods would like to see the PGA Tour follow suit.

"I would love it," he said Thursday in a Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf. "We play in some of the hottest climates on the planet. We usually travel with the sun, and a lot of our events are played in the summer, and then on top of that when we have the winter months here a lot of the guys go down to South Africa and Australia where it's summer down there.

"It would be nice to wear shorts. Even with my little chicken legs, I still would like to wear shorts."

Caddies are currently allowed to wear shorts on Tour, during events.

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Feasting again: McIlroy shoots 65 to lead BMW PGA

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 25, 2018, 12:04 pm

Updated at 9:42 a.m. ET

Rory McIlroy made seven birdies and no bogeys on Friday for a 7-under 65 and the second-round lead at the BMW PGA Championship.

After opening in 67, McIlroy was among the early groups out on Day 2 at Wentworth Club. He made three birdies and no bogeys on the par-35 front nine on Friday, and then went on a run after the turn.

McIlroy made four consecutive birdies, beginning at the par-5 12th. That got him to 12 under, overall, and gave him a clear advantage over the field. With two closing par-5s, a very low number was in sight. But, as he did on Day 1, McIlroy finished par-par.

"I've made four pars there [on 17 and 18] when I really should be making at least two birdies, but I played the other par-5s well," McIlroy said. "It all balances itself out."


Full-field scores from the BMW PGA Championship


McIlroy has made 14 birdies and two bogeys through two rounds. At 12 under, he has a three-stroke lead over Sam Horsfield.

"The work has paid off, to some degree," McIlroy said of his practice with swing coach Michael Bannon. "I still feel like I'm hitting some loose shots out there. But, for the most part, it's been really good. If I can keep these swing thoughts and keep going in the right direction, hopefully this is the type of golf I'll be able to produce."

This event has been feast or famine for McIlroy. He won here in 2014, but has three missed cuts in his other three starts. This week, however, he’ll be around for the weekend and is in position for his first European Tour victory since the 2016 Irish Open and his second worldwide victory of the year (Arnold Palmer Invitational).

"I have the confidence that I'm playing well and I can go out and try to just replicate what I did the day before," McIlroy said about his weekend approach with the lead. "On the first tee box tomorrow I'll be thinking about what I did today. Trying to just keep the same thoughts, make the same swings. I went a couple better today than I did yesterday. I'm not sure I'll keep that progression going but something similiar tomorrow would be nice."

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Goat visor propels Na to Colonial lead

By Will GrayMay 25, 2018, 1:29 am

Jason Dufner officially has some company in the headwear free agency wing of the PGA Tour.

Like Dufner, Kevin Na is now open to wear whatever he wants on his head at tournaments, as his visor sponsorship with Titleist ended earlier this month. He finished T-6 at the AT&T Byron Nelson in his second tournament as a free agent, and this week at the Fort Worth Invitational he's once again wearing a simple white visor with a picture of a goat.

"I bought it at The Players Championship for $22 with the 30 percent discount that they give the Tour players," Na told reporters. "It's very nice."


Full-field scores from the Fort Worth Invitational

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Perhaps a change in headwear was just what Na needed to jumpstart his game. Last week's result in Dallas was his first top-35 finish in his last six events dating back to February, and he built upon that momentum with an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead over Charley Hoffman after the first round at Colonial Country Club.

While many sports fans know the "GOAT" acronym to stand for "Greatest Of All Time," it's a definition that the veteran Na only learned about earlier this year.

"I do social media, but they kept calling Tiger the GOAT. I go, 'Man, why do they keep calling Tiger the GOAT? That's just mean,'" Na said. "Then I realized it meant greatest of all time. Thinking of getting it signed by Jack (Nicklaus) next week (at the Memorial)."