Bubba Watson claimed a three shot victory over Patrick Reed in the Hero World Challenge at Albany, hosted by Tiger Woods.
Bubba was in control throughout the final round, shooting 66 to finish on -25, three shots clear of fellow american Patrick Reed.
Watson didn’t make a bogey all week until the 72nd hole, when he jokingly asked NBC on-course reporter Notah Begay how many shots he needed to win. He played it safe and made bogey, but that cost him the tournament scoring record.
Watson turned down his invitation to play in the event a few months ago because he didn’t have a passport for newly adopted daughter, Dakota. But when PGA Champion Jason Day pulled out to stay at home with his new born daughter, Watson’s wife was able to complete all the necessary documentation to enable the family to travel to the Bahamas.
He left with a winners cheque for over $1 million and a firm grasp of No4 in the world rankings.
“I guess I’ve got to thank Jason Day for backing out. I have to thank the U.S. government and passport office for getting Dakota a passport so we could be here”. Watson said, “For us, its a good ride, a fun ride”.
Despite not making a bogey all week until the 72nd hole, it wasn’t all plane sailing for Bubba, he showed numerous examples of his maverick short game and immense long game known to many as #BubbaGolf.
When confronted by the media on the subject of #BubbaGolf, Bubba was asked to give his definition of the term. His response was….Bubba Golf is about having fun, hitting shots you can’t do, but trying em anyway!
Some examples of #BubbaGolf on his way to victory.
Rob Brooks @GolfNation_