by Jeff Skinner
The Masters never disappoints, well unless you’re Greg Norman or a Norman fan. But today’s 78th Masters gave us all we could want in a major championship. Bubba Watson is a deserved champion as he took on all comers and came out with his second green jacket.
Bubba plays a different game from the rest of the card carrying professionals. He never has taken a lesson but could certainly teach plenty about how to hole your ball.
Bubba looks at a shot and feels the shot, he sees the shot in his mind. That doesn’t translate into swing thoughts and pre-shot calculations. He sees it, feels it and swings the club knowing from experience that he can curve it either way and have it land where he wants.
On the fifteenth hole today Bubba was behind a group of trees on the left side of the hole. David Feherty was sure he had no play and had to punch it back to the fairway. But that is not the way Bubba plays. He plays Bubba Golf and even his caddy doesn’t know what he can do sometimes.
Ted Scott has been on Bubba’s bag for both Masters wins and plenty of lean times too. Of Bubba Golf he says, “I don’t understand what he does all the time.” But talking about the shot on fifteen he said,” Getting through the trees was no problem at all.” Yes, for Bubba it’s no problem at all.
That is just what Bubba did. He powered a low shot through a hole in the trees that hit the green, rolled off the back and he managed another par from a spot where the talking heads had him dead and buried. That’s Bubba Golf.
On the fourth hole, a 240 yard par three he stuck his high flying iron closer to the back pin than anyone all day and made birdie. That’s Bubba Golf.
On number thirteen he hit a 365 yard drive and a wedge into the green and two putted for birdie. That gave him a three shot lead over Jordan Spieth and essentially put the tournament away then. That’s Bubba Golf.
He’ll be the first to tell you he plays a different brand of golf and this from a guy who said golf is boring. Well, when Bubba has his game and he is hitting it well it certainly isn’t boring. It’s Bubba Golf.