Bubba Watson Takes Genesis, Back on Top at Riviera PDF Print E-mail



Bubba Watson celebrates his 10th PGA Tour win.

Pacific Palisades, California - It had been two years since we saw this

version of Bubba Watson. It was 2016, and Bubba was carving golf shots

around famed Riviera on his way to career win #9. Since then, insert a

money grab, switching the most important piece of equipment in a shot

makers bag - the golf ball. Watson ditched his trusty Titleist Pro V1 for

a Volvik model, and just like that the magic was gone. He also had a

mysterious illness in 2017 that caused significant weight loss and a World

Ranking that dropped into triple digits. On Sunday, Watson looked as if

it was 2016 again, controlling his Titleist golf ball around the canyons and

eucalyptus trees on his way to a final round 69 and a two shot victory

over Kevin Na (69) and Tony Finau (69).


On the par 3 fourteenth, Watson blocked his tee shot into the greenside

bunker, he told caddie Ted Scott that he needed to use the bathroom,

and once playing partner Cam Smith informed him that the restroom is

on the next hole Watson replied "Nah, I'm just going to hole it and then

go straight to the bathroom." After he holed the shot, he looked over at

Ted Scott and yelled out "You called it.", but Scott had merely set the scene

by commenting to Bubba before the shot, "Man you haven't holed a bunker

shot in awhile." The hole out proved to be the knockout blow to the field,

Watson put the pedal down and finished off with a back nine 33 and 12

under par for his tenth career win (Third at Riviera).


An emotional Bubba Watson discussed reaching a goal, "It means a lot,

my goal was always to get 10 wins, that was my tenth win. There's so

many emotions going through my head right now, never know if you're

gonna be good again, never know if you'll ever lift a trophy again, I thought

about retirement. I can't believe I'm going to lift the trophy."


47 year old Phil Mickelson fired a final round 68 to finish tied for sixth at

8 under par with Cam Smith and Adam Hadwin.


This week the tour moves East to Florida for the Honda Classic.

















Ted Potter Jr Beats DJ, Wins at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail


Ted Potter jr celebrates after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am.

Monterey, California - Ted Potter Jr has had a tough go of it since winning

the 2012 Greenbrier nearly six years ago. During the week of the Canadian

Open in 2014, Potter slipped off a curb while wearing flip flops and broke

his ankle. In the time since, he had lost his form and his tour card, but

after firing a third round 62 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Potter

found himself in the final group with world No.1 Dustin Johnson. It's

doubtful that anyone gave Potter a chance Sunday, but just like the other

wizard with the same surname, sometimes the underdog and his determination

can conquer all.


Potter did just that, after making birdie at the par 5 sixth, he chipped in on

the iconic par 3 seventh, giving him a two shot lead - he never looked back.

In fact, after Potter 3 putted for bogey on the first, he played flawless golf,

making par on the final 11 holes enroute to a final round 69 (-17) and a three

shot victory. Despite being out distanced by 40 - 50 yards on every tee shot,

Potter put on a clinic about how to play your own game, and not be in awe

of your opponents skills.


The central Florida blue collar guy who battled thru numerous mini-tours, and

a major injury is back in the winners circle defeating the World No.1 on one of

the grandest stages of them all. With his status now secure, and entry into the

biggest events now a certainty, the wizard is looking forward to a certain one in

April. "It's so good right now, Potter said. "To get my second career win after 5

years away from it, and going back to Masters will be a dream come true."


Phil Mickelson shot a final round 67 to finish in a 4 way tie for second with DJ,

Chez Reavie and Jason Day at -14.





















Woodland Wins Waste Management Open in Playoff PDF Print E-mail



Gary Woodland celebrates with the Thunderbirds after winning at TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona - It had been five years since Gary Woodland's last victory,

and much has happened since then. The least of which was anything in his

golf career. Last spring, Woodland and his wife Gabby - who was pregnant with

twins, lost one of the unborn babies. Woodland withdrew from the WGC Dell

Match Play and released a statement with the news. Now ten months later,

Gabby and their son Jaxson were on hand to surprise Daddy after he fired a

final round 64 and defeated Chez Reavie (66) on the first hole of sudden death.


The victory was Woodland's first since the 2013 Barracuda Championship. Looking

back on last year, Woodland said,"It really took about four months, but I found

a way to get to the Tour Championship, kind of battled through the end of the

year and couldn't wait for 2018 to start. For Jaxson to be here, it's obviously a

miracle, but I'm just so excited to share this with him and family, and hopefully

it's the start of something special." After he tapped in for the win, Woodland

pointed to the sky thinking of the baby girl that he and Gabby had lost with

tears in his eyes, "Just wanted her to know that I still love her."


Reavie, who made birdie on the 17th and 18th to reach the playoff, missed the

green from 145 yards (with pitching wedge) on the first extra hole (the 18th)

and failed to get his chip up and down. For the local guy who was a standard

bearer at the WMPO while in high school, it was a thrill just to have a chance

to win his hometown event "That was the dream man," Reavie said. With the

runner-up finish, Reavie moves up to 13th in the Fedex Cup standings.


Phil Mickelson heated up on the back nine Sunday making birdie on holes 15 thru

17 to ignite the crowd, but a double at the last ended any chance for the ASU

legend (who finished four back at -14).













Jason Day Outlasts Alex Noren - Wins Farmers PDF Print E-mail



Jason Day celebrates after winning the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines

San Diego - Alex Noren came oh so close to notching his first PGA Tour victory,

but after six playoff holes spanning two days, Day finally seized the moment

with his lob wedge to within a foot.


The 30 year old Aussie is motivated to make a run at regaining world No.1 after

notching his 11th PGA Tour title. Rounds of 73-64-71-70 were enough to tie Alex

Noren (73) and Ryan Palmer (72) at 10 under par at the conclusion of regulation.

On the first hole of the playoff, Palmer made par. Birdies by Day and Noren sent

the Texan packing. Day and Noren battled on until darkness and continued the

tilt at 11am eastern time Monday. After Day's stoned wedge and tap in birdie

ended the fight, he raised his arms in victory.



A renewed outlook has taken the place of what Day was feeling last year. Citing

a case of burnout, a series of ailments and family health issues that all contributed

to his fall from the top of the Official World Golf Ranking in '17. Injury to his back

once again flared up this week, having to withdraw from his Wednesday Pro-am

with inflammation of the facet joints. Day persevered, and afterwards he remained

optimistic that he can reach his goals. "I've got to keep trying to build and build

and build and hopefully win the FedEx Cup at the end of the year."



The big story early in the week and into the weekend was the return of Tiger Woods,

who managed a tie for 23rd despite putrid ball striking statistics. This may be a good

sign considering he grinded out scores of 72-71-70-72 with his shortgame and putting.

Tiger's next appearance will be at Riviera for the Genesis Open.















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