Why does Bubba Watson use pink golf balls?

April 6th, 2017

Yes, it’s true. Two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson, who’s made the pink driver his signature club… Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports …decided to up the stakes at the 2017 Masters. At the most distinguished golf event of the year, he employed the use of a pink golf ball. PINK! epa05893258 Bubba Watson of the US chips on the second hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA, 06 April 2017. The Masters Tournament is held 06 April through 09 April 2017. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER ORG XMIT: MCX243 ” data-medium-file=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=1000&h=985?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=1000&h=985?w=1000″ class=”size-full wp-image-674111″ src=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=1000&h=985″ alt=”” width=”1000″ height=”985″ srcset=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=1000&h=985 1000w, https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=2000&h=1970 2000w, https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=640&h=630 640w, https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=300&h=296 300w, https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=768&h=756 768w, https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_90066746.jpg?w=1024&h=1009 1024w” sizes=”(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px” />EPA GOLF BALL! epa05893258 Bubba Watson of the US chips on the second hole during the first round of the 2017 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, USA, 06 April 2017. The Masters Tournament is held 06 April through 09 April 2017. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER ORG XMIT: MCX243 ” data-medium-file=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_900667461-e1491514390577.jpg?w=1000?w=300″ data-large-file=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_900667461-e1491514390577.jpg?w=1000?w=532″ class=”size-full wp-image-674112 image–no-bleed” src=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_900667461-e1491514390577.jpg?w=1000″ alt=”” srcset=”https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_900667461-e1491514390577.jpg 532w, https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/epa_usa_golf_the_masters_2017_900667461-e1491514390577.jpg?w=300 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 532px) 100vw, 532px” />EPA Why does he use pink golf balls, you ask? Well, it’s an extension from his pink driver, which he started using when he first came on tour because he thought it gave him ultimate bragging rights, being able to drive the ball past his competitors with a pink driver. Then, in 2017, he signed an endorsement deal with Volvik, a brand known for his colored golf balls. Here’s what he said about it at the time: “I was naturally intrigued by the colors Volvik offers, then I started testing the ball and saw what I could do with it. It does everything I want it to: go high, go low, curve, spin and it has the distance I’m looking for.” He uses green ones, too, so look for those on the weekend — or maybe even on Sunday. brightcove.createExperiences(); More Golf!A shot-by-shot breakdown of Jordan Spieth's tournament-crushing 9 at the 2017 Masters17hr agoSee the heartbreaking moment Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters after freak accident18hr agoA shot-by-shot analysis of Phil Mickelson's thrilling eagle at the Masters19hr ago

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A shot-by-shot breakdown of Jordan Spieth’s tournament-crushing 9 at the 2017 Masters

April 6th, 2017

If recent history means anything, Jordan Spieth ensured on Thursday that he will almost certainly not win the 2017 Masters. After navigating the 12th hole — the site of his famous collapse last year — in three shots, he followed with a birdie, then followed a bogey on the 14th hole with a disastrous nine on the 15th. Here’s how it happened. As you can see, there were no problems with his first shot — a 261 yard drive down the middle of the fairway — or the second, for that matter. Standing too far away to reach the green, he left himself exactly 100 yards for his third shot. That’s where it all went wrong. He caught his wedge a little heavy, landing it on the green by short of his target. The backspin pulled it all the way back off the green, down the slope and into the water. Taking a penalty drop for his fourth shot, he over-cooked his fifth long of the green, leaving him with a near-impossible chip. His sixth shot was just too hard to do much better than this. He bumped his ball into the bank, but it had too much heat on it, and rolled all the way to the front of the green. His head no-doubt filled with anger at this point, and facing a tricky uphill putt, his seventh, eighth and ninth were spent putting. Yes, it’s only the first round, but it’s not good. No Masters champion has ever made a score higher than a seven and gone on to win the tournament, per Golf Channel’s Justin Ray, while 17 of the last 20 Masters champions have made no worse than bogey. Jordan Spieth is capable of some remarkable things, but even for someone of his supreme ability, it’ll be an uphill climb after this. The full video: brightcove.createExperiences(); More Golf!Why does Bubba Watson use pink golf balls?15hr agoSee the heartbreaking moment Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters after freak accident18hr agoA shot-by-shot analysis of Phil Mickelson's thrilling eagle at the Masters19hr ago

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See the heartbreaking moment Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters after freak accident

April 6th, 2017

It’s genuinely hard not to be bummed out about this. Dustin Johnson, the World No. 1 and hands-down tournament favorite, withdrew from the Masters on Thursday before hitting a single shot. Because of a freak back injury after slipping down the stairs in his rental home on Wednesday night, Dustin Johnson arrived at Augusta National for his 2:03 p.m. tee time and attempted to warm-up for his round. He said, at one point, he would try to play, but after a short warm up session, he made his way to the first tee only to call it off at the last possible moment. USA Today has the story: Johnson, who has won his last three starts on the PGA Tour and is the reigning U.S. Open champion, injured himself Wednesday falling on wooden stairs in his rental home. He was going outside to move a car when he slipped on wooden steps and landed on his lower back and both elbows. It was probably the right decision, all things considered. As well as he’s playing, hurting himself more trying to play wouldn’t have helped him at all with so much of the season left to play. He also, incidentally, saved bettors a lot of money by not teeing off — he was the most bet-on golfer ahead of the Masters, and thus commanded the most refunds. Nevertheless, it was a heartbreaking decision, and you could feel his pain as cameras tracked him the moment he made the call. Thanks to Business Insider for the video: More Golf!Why does Bubba Watson use pink golf balls?15hr agoA shot-by-shot breakdown of Jordan Spieth's tournament-crushing 9 at the 2017 Masters17hr agoA shot-by-shot analysis of Phil Mickelson's thrilling eagle at the Masters19hr ago

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A shot-by-shot analysis of Phil Mickelson’s thrilling eagle at the Masters

April 6th, 2017

Phil Mickelson, AKA Phil-the-Thrill, AKA Lefty, stormed out of the gates during the first round of the 2017 Masters on Thursday. After a a par on his opening hole, he made an impressive eagle on the second, courtesy of three fantastic shots. Let’s break it down. The Par-5 second is a right-to-left dogleg. The hole plays shorter if you go down the left hand side, but trees encroach throughout, so it’s a fine line players have to walk. You can see what Phil wanted to do by looking at spot he’s picked out in the distance. Left-center of the fairway, hitting a little fade off that right bunker. He hits it far, but perhaps lets it drift a touch too far left. What he’s left with in the fairway is a partially blocked shot, so he needs to hit a big slice around the trees to get at the day’s back left pin. He manages to get it to the back of the green, but somehow, that wasn’t even his best shot on the hole. That title goes to this putt, which had so much break that he had to roll it along the collar of the green. The solid line below is his aim line, the dotted line is the fall line. The eagle demonstrated all Phil’s best qualities: His artistry, his imagination, his brilliance. It was Mickelson at his very best. Here’s the video. Masters 2017: Phil Mickelson | 2nd Hole, Round 1 pic.twitter.com/QkzJQM9cnd — Masters Highlights (@MastersMoments) April 6, 2017 brightcove.createExperiences(); More Golf!Why does Bubba Watson use pink golf balls?15hr agoA shot-by-shot breakdown of Jordan Spieth's tournament-crushing 9 at the 2017 Masters17hr agoSee the heartbreaking moment Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters after freak accident18hr ago

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Golf fans are annoyed about the Masters’ ‘joke’ featured groups

April 6th, 2017

Golf fans love the Masters. There’s no doubt about that. But that Masters, for better or worse, does what it wants. And one of the those things it wants to do is limit the amount of golf it puts on television. Television coverage doesn’t start until 3 p.m., and the only coverage fans are left until then are those the Masters chooses to stream on its official website. During the first, in a morning wave that included big-names like Phil Mickelson (who made an eagle on his second hole), Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, the powers-that-be for groups of Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Hadwin, along with Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, and Andy Sullivan. Martha Burk ought to protest these featured groups. Hard pass. — Big Randy (@BigRandyNLU) April 6, 2017 How both Phil and Spieth got bumped from the morning featured groups for this crew is perplexing and egregious. pic.twitter.com/4IlZWpmlpB — No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) April 6, 2017 @ASchmidtacular I don't know what they were thinking when they chose their featured groups. — Bob Meseroll (@BobMeseroll) April 6, 2017 Whoever called in to LPGA about Lexi's blunder should call Augusta about these “featured groups” — Andrew Jaskel (@JaskelFlatts) April 6, 2017 Can some one explain how Phil's grouping and Rickie's grouping aren't the featured morning groups???? #themasters — Bread Bruce (@babaaBRADsheep) April 6, 2017 Remember that time The Masters app made us watch no-names for their featured groups? I do. This year, last year, 2015, 2014, 2013…… — Will Salter (@wasalter) April 6, 2017 I would like to formally express my disdain for the featured groups at #themasters. — Remy Maccioli (@rmaccioli) April 6, 2017 These featured groups are horrible. #themasters — Sean (@rabdaawg) April 6, 2017 who comes up with the featured groups ????? this is a joke — Br€n G@®®ett (@Bs_and_Garretts) April 6, 2017 Hey @TheMasters can we please get some better featured groups? You have rockstars on the course and have these two boring groups live? C'mon — Derek Herron (@Derek_Herron) April 6, 2017 I don't think I seen anyone in the two featured groups make a putt… — Brian Smith (@MyLifeisBS_11) April 6, 2017 I'd love to know the selection process of the https://t.co/Oftz4WDGRr featured groups that is a combined +8 through holes 9 and 10 — Kyle Hoke (@Kyle_Hoke) April 6, 2017 brightcove.createExperiences(); More Golf!Why does Bubba Watson use pink golf balls?15hr agoA shot-by-shot breakdown of Jordan Spieth's tournament-crushing 9 at the 2017 Masters17hr agoSee the heartbreaking moment Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters after freak accident18hr ago

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From left, James Simpson, Wyndham Rose Simpson, Dakota Watson and Caleb Watson watch as their fathers Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson play during the…

April 5th, 2017

From left, James Simpson, Wyndham Rose Simpson, Dakota Watson and Caleb Watson watch as their fathers Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson play during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

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Caleb Watson and Willow Simpson watch their fathers Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson play during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament…

April 5th, 2017

Caleb Watson and Willow Simpson watch their fathers Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson play during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

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Bubba Watson helps his daughter Dakota putt during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

April 5th, 2017

Bubba Watson helps his daughter Dakota putt during the par three competition at the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

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Watson, Simpson make most of family time at soggy Masters

April 5th, 2017

AUGUSTA, Georgia (AP) – While severe weather canceled the Masters’ popular Par 3 Contest for the first time in history, Bubba Watson was able to get on the course with his two children before it was shut down. The two-time Masters champion enjoyed every moment. Watson and former U.S. Open …

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Johnson to launch Masters title bid with Watson, Walker (Reuters)

April 4th, 2017

By Frank Pingue AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – World number one Dustin Johnson will launch his bid for a maiden U.S. Masters title in the company of twice champion Bubba Watson and PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker, in groupings announced on Tuesday. World number two Rory McIlroy, who can complete the career grand slam of golf’s four majors with a win this week, will set off with red-hot Spaniard Jon Rahm and Japan’s Hideto Tanihara at 1:41 p.m. Australian world number three Jason Day, who took a short break from golf as his mother had surgery in her battle with lung cancer, has been paired with England’s Justin Rose and American Brandt Snedeker.

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