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Golf Australia Express : Issue 5
helped to catapult him to No.13 in world rankings from the No.102 spot he held beginning of the 2010 season. In many ways, Bubba is exactly the kind of player the Tour has been crying out for for years. His story is one for the dreamers: A small town, self-taught golfer without a coach and a phenomenally long game others only wish for. This 32-year-old Florida local truly is a rarity in professional golf. Bubba’s longest recorded drive on Tour was a staggering 416-yard—or 380-metre—drive at the 2010 Sony Open. That THE PEOPLE’S PLAYER: GET TO KNOW BUBBA AND HEAR WHAT HIS PGA TOUR COMPETITORS THINK OF THIS GOOFY, BIG-HITTING YANK . mighty wallop came five months before the 191cm American secured his first Tour win at the Travelers Championship. But not only is Bubba long, he’s also deadly accurate. Currently ranked No.2 on the PGA’s Greens In Regulation stat, his 2011 GIR percentage sits just under 72 per cent. Only David Toms has a better percentage, although he’s played 13 fewer rounds than Bubba. He’s in some seriously good form and is a real threat every time he steps out onto the tee. It’s a fact the other players know about. The Travelers win was a deeply emotionally one for Bubba, who broke down at the presentation ceremony, and later said he was thinking about his ailing father, Gerry, a former Green Beret who was dying of throat cancer at the time. When Gerry Watson finally succumbed to his illness in October, he had already witnessed his talented son represent the US at a Ryder Cup, win a hotly-contested Tour event and all but clinch a major title. But it’s more likely the older Gerry was prouder of the fact the younger one has never let fame change him—Bubba’s always remained true to himself and his fans. He keeps having fun on and off course and appears thankful for the chance to travel the world playing a game he loves. Maybe there’s a little lesson in that for us all. OTG CLICK HERE TO SEE BUBBA WATSON’S 2011 STATS “I’VE SEEN IT FOR SO MANY YEARS HOW THE FANS AND THE MEDIA ARE LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY TO HAVE FUN WITH. ”