Bubba Watson shoots best opening-round score in more than a year to lead the European Tour event in China

April 20th, 2017

Bubba Watson has shot an opening-round 66 in more than a year, but he posts that number to take a one-stroke lead at the European Tour’s Shenzhen International

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Watson fires 66 to take lead at Shenzhen International

April 20th, 2017

SHENZHEN, China (AP) – Bubba Watson fired a 6-under 66 in the first round to take a one-stroke lead at the weather-delayed Shenzhen International on Thursday. Starting on the 10th hole, Watson bogeyed the 12th but bounced back with birdies on Nos. 13, 14 and 16 to turn in 34. …

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Bubba Watson: 412 Words On Trouble Shots

April 12th, 2017

How you can become an escape artist.

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Emmitt Smith had a bad typo in his otherwise very nice tweet to Sergio Garcia

April 10th, 2017

So Emmitt Smith a) might not know the word adversity b) might have terrible auto-correct c) might have made a typo d) might have a completely different and reasonable explanation for this tweet: Congratulations @TheSergioGarcia Never say never!!! Way to persevere through a varsity. — Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) April 9, 2017 People on the internet, as they often are, weren’t incredibly willing to give Smith a pass for this one and so dozens of Twitter users made fun of him for using the word varsity instead of adversity. This is where I shake my head and remind you all that we all have typos on Twitter sometimes, but not everyone has more than 600,000 Twitter followers and to stop being mean. @EmmittSmith22 @TheSergioGarcia Ummmm….. pic.twitter.com/Enjc4PDaIM — Damien Woody (@damienwoody) April 10, 2017 @EmmittSmith22 @TheSergioGarcia “A Varsity??????” #This'llDo pic.twitter.com/UDBaq8V6GW — Cole Wright (@ColeWrightNFL) April 10, 2017 @EmmittSmith22 @drewmagary @TheSergioGarcia pic.twitter.com/prKCrtnPn0 — Peter Heacock (@PeteHeacock) April 10, 2017 @EmmittSmith22 @TheSergioGarcia It is hard to choose properly from the menu your first time. pic.twitter.com/ydjZti9MJH — Ryan Ballengee (@RyanBallengee) April 10, 2017 As of post time, the tweet had more than 2200 retweets. It is unclear how many of those echoed Smith’s well-wishes to Sergio Garcia who overcame a lot to put on the green jacket on Sunday. More Golf!Matt Kuchar aces 16th hole, gives ball to luckiest fan ever10hr agoBubba Watson redeems himself for a 'bad joke' with a good one2d agoSnoop Dogg played golf near Augusta National and then served some gin and juice4d ago

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Matt Kuchar aces 16th hole, gives ball to luckiest fan ever

April 9th, 2017

It was a very good day for Matt Kuchar on the 16th hole at The Masters, where he got a hole-in-one. KUUUUUUUCH Ace alert! High fives for everyone! -5 in his last 5 holes. Incredible. #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/rBpbi5jkmF — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 9, 2017 Matt Kuchar's scores on his last 5 holes:12th: 213th: 414th: 315th: 516th: 1 Just like that, he's T3 at #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/oebTXCytBX — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 9, 2017 And an even better day for this kid, who got the best gift ever from Kuchar: Hey kid, want $5,000 towards your college fund? We want that ball… #themasters pic.twitter.com/h489ytFneD — GreenJacketAuctions (@BidGreenJacket) April 9, 2017 Matt Kuchar.Like a boss.A very classy boss.#themasters pic.twitter.com/VHOk0fL6JM — Andrew J Falsinator (@TheFalsinator) April 9, 2017 A fun fact: Matt Kuchar aces 16. There were 3 holes-in-one there last year, all on Sunday. #Masters pic.twitter.com/NXjhfoE48u — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 9, 2017 brightcove.createExperiences(); More Golf!Emmitt Smith had a bad typo in his otherwise very nice tweet to Sergio Garcia5hr agoBubba Watson redeems himself for a 'bad joke' with a good one2d agoSnoop Dogg played golf near Augusta National and then served some gin and juice4d ago

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Bubba Watson hits from the first fairway during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 7, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

April 7th, 2017

Bubba Watson hits from the first fairway during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 7, 2017, in Augusta, Ga.

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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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