Let it fly: Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson at Buick Invitational
The PGA Tour is finally getting started this week. Yeah, I know, it’s been in Hawaii, but that was just the warmup, the preseason if you will. Now the big guns are coming out. Tiger Woods’ season debut at the Buick Invitational is enough to get everyone nuts, but add big Bubba Watson to the mix and now you’ve really got something.
Watson, the big left-hander out of the Florida Panhandle, wowed people last year on the Nationwide Tour, and it looks like he could be another John Daly or Jason Gore. Woods talked about him at his Buick press conference, describing a par-4 they played together once. It was a drive-able, dogleg left, and Woods said a driver was too much for him, and a 3-wood too little.
Bubba pulled out an iron. And hit it on.
“I don’t have that shot,” Woods dead-panned.
Watson averaged 334 yards off the tee last year, but that’s just the start. His caddie says he’s seen him hit 6-iron 250 yards, 240 out of a bunker, uphill.
Bubba says he’s never taken a lesson. This guy is made for myth-making. With all the big hitters these days, and everyone gaga over the long-ballers, look for Bubba to get plenty of ink this year. America loves its Paul Bunyans.
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His 4th place at the Sony Open will be his best finish of the year on the pga tour.
I just get this feeling that he will be one big flop.
Tiger will easily show Bubba who the real boss is.
Ernie Els versus Vijay Singh, and Els is due to equal the record number of consequetive cuts at 69 to equal Bernard Langer's record.
As usual your analysis leaves alot to be desired.
I haven't stated any preference for long driving. The stats that I listed were merely to show how Michelle Wie's driving is at such a standard that her driving ability would not stop her from playing on the pga tour.
So you are wrong there, I am not overly enamoured by long driving.
As regards Bubba's 4th place achievement, of course it is a great achievement. But the whole premise of this blog, and many other articles is to try to build Bubba into a rival for Tiger Woods this year. In my opinion, that is just ridiculous.
Someone even suggested that if Bubba and Tiger were paired together, that Tiger would be put off, and play terribly. I think the opposite would more likely happen.
About his Nationwide Tour success. Here are the facts:
* At 23 years old, at q-school Bubba finished 87th, and thus got his Nationwide Tour Card.
* At 24 years old, he had ZERO wins on the nationwide tour in 21 starts.
* At 25 years old, he had ZERO wins on the nationwide tour in 17 starts.
* At 26 years old, he had ZERO wins on the nationwide tour in 24 starts.
He finished 21st on the money list, which is just outside the top 20 who qualify for the pga tour. But Jason Gore had qualified already, so there was an extra place added.
Otherwise Bubba would have had to go to Q-school.
So For Bubba he has:
62 nationwide starts and ZERO wins.
There was another golfer, who hasn't won in 30 starts and had a whole blog dedicated to her for this.
So John Z, Bubba may be "a big, raw-boned young American male who exudes masculinity", but he has yet to achieve a win in 62 attempts, no make that 63 starts including the Sony Open.
Don't get me wrong, the guy is a very good player, but I think the people who are bashing No Wins Wie, should also bash the double number of No Wins Bubba.
Bubba is an improving player and he may challenge Tiger at some stage, but I don't think Tiger need worry at the Buick Invitational.
Bubba like is Wie a work in progress.
Although he has had 10 years worth of extra practice at the game of golf.
62 nationwide starts and ZERO wins.
John Z describes him as "a big, raw-boned young American male who exudes masculinity".
Yet he told us many times before that you needed masculinity in order to have the correct mental attitude and desire that would make you win.
Is Bubba not using his exuding masculinity or what?
If charlie Hoffman finished ahead Bubba at nationwide tour, I will not jump on Bubba bandwagon because of 390 yard driver.
Norman, Admit it. You and others with similarly politically correct orientation just can't abide youhg white males excelling in anything. In your world everything wrong on this planet is the fault of white males. You can't even post on this thread about Tiger and Bubba without referring to your darling Michelle.
That is absolutely ridiculous.
I support Ernie Els alot. Colin Montgomerie is my favourite player and someone I watch out for every time a tournament is played.
Also, Padraig Harrington is near the top of my list.
All these guys are very much white men if I am not mistaken.
If I were to pick my ideal four major winners for this year, they are all white men.
As regards Wie, I couldn't care less what her heritage is. I simply look on her as a young American girl, the exact same as Paula Creamer. When I look at people I don't look at the colour of their skin and I couldn't care less if they are black, white, green, yellow or orange. When you travel alot, you get to meet people of many different countries, and what I have learned is that people are the same everywhere you go.
Perhaps, when you look at people, you should try to look at the person and not what they look like.
All of my closest friends are white, and nearly all of my friends in total are white, and I am white, so I don't have any bias against white people.
My original point was, that Bubba is a good player, but not proven to the extent of talking him up, as a challenger for Tiger or the rest of the best.
When I stated that I thought Bubba would be a big flop, I meant in realtive terms, because people are already thinking of him like Tiger.
He drives the ball much further than anyone else, but that doesn't mean that he will be winning titles like people seem to think he will.
When I brought Wie's name into it, it was simply, because the same Wie-bashers who came up with the term no Win Wie, were praising no win Bubba to the extreme.
Bubba is a work in progress, and in my opinion, he won't win this season.
I think that will disappoint many on the Bubba-bandwagon. I would think he doesn't need to win yet, he just needs to improve, but you guys are harsher in your judgements.
Poor Bubba, when the bashers start to turn on him.
I am not from America. The European Tour is what I have grown up watching. Why would you expect Americans to be my heros?
Of course my peers are more likely to be my heros.
I have met very few of the pga players, whereas I know quite a few regulars on the European Tour.
If you want a name of someone I like from America, there would be Phil Mickelson, Fred Funk, Sean O'Hair, Jason Gore and many more.
I really feel sorry for you.
Whenever you lose one argument, you start to pick at one sentance someone says and go off on a tangent somewhere else.
As I previously explained, I predicted Bubba would be a big flop in relation to expectations. The way many people are talking, they think Bubba will be challenging Tiger for the Money List. I am simply stating that he has got a long way to go to do that.
By my expectations, 2 cuts from 2 is great, but somehow I don't think that will be enough for the Bubba gang.
How many of your favorite golfers are from, say Australia? If none, does that make you anti-Aussie?
Besides, how many macho, overbearing golfers ARE from the South? I don't think Davis Love III fits that category.
John Z here are the arguments you lost in this thread:
* first you started claiming that I was in awe of long driving, which I put you straight on.
* then you started saying that I didn't think his 4th place finish was any good, but I said it is good, but this player is still over-rated.
* next you claimed that I wasn't in favour of Bubba, because he is a man and is white. Then I showed you how most of the golfers I support are in fact men and white. Then you tried to turn that onto being anti American, which once again was shown to be wrong.
* as regards the big flop quote you keep coming up with, if you cannot understand the theory of relativity that is your problem. For example, Paula Creamer could do very nicely on the lpga over the next few years and have many high, and I would consider that a success, but if she doesn't win that much, then she will be considered a big flop, because expectations of her are higher than that.
There is a difference reaching a good level and reaching an expected level. People are just expecting too much from Bubba, that is all.
After round 3, he held 17th position and that is indeed very good, but maybe not good enough for the weight of expecation put upon him.
Incidently here are performances over the par 5 holes:
Round 1: Bubba -2. Tiger -4.
Round 2: Bubba -2. Tiger -4.
Round 3: Bubba E. Tiger -3.
I thought Bubba would have done a bit better over the par 5s.
I have exhausted my explantations of what I meant in my comments. I have explained very clearly.
If you are incapable of understanding that, then that is your problem.
Who exactly said that Bubba was not a good golfer?
For anyone to qualify for the pga tour they need to be more than just a good golfer.
By the way, maybe you shouldn't encourage Bubba.
John Z said:
Incidentally, Bubba shot a 69 yesterday and has bettered his score each day at the Buick. Go Bubba!
Since then, he hit 3 bogeys, and moved from 17th to 43rd place.
p.s.Norman is a puff
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