PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

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PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by kwinigolfer on Wed 14 Sep 2016, 5:37 pm

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1).Davis Love made the fairly predictable choices last Monday of Fowler, Holmes and Kuchar as his first three "picks" for Team USA and seemed pretty pleased with himself. But now comes the hard part. You don't have to study too hard to read what's between the lines of his pga.com interview, as he has his Holmes but not his, or anyone else's it seems, Watson:

2)."These are the three guys we want right now." Which translated means: We didn't want Bubba.

3).We're looking for "guys we think are going to handle this stage and fit in with the group, be ready to play under that pressure". Not have a career singles record of 0 - 3, eh Bubba? (The same as Spieth's Pres Cup / Ryder Cup singles record, as it happens, the answer to the age-old trivia question: What do Messrs DeLaet, McDowell and Leishman have in common?) And, with this somewhat cliquey group, perhaps Bubba doesn't "fit in"?

4)."Rickie had a big schedule, with a lot weighing on him and he missed the Tour Championship by half a point," said Davis.
Bubba, on the other hand, played the same number (8) events from July 1st thru last week, outplayed Rickie in the Olympics, has won on Tour this season and is ranked higher in the owgr's. Oh, and Bubba didn't miss the Tour Championship, he made it comfortably.

5).I don't think the Task Force did Love any favours breaking up the timing of his Captain's Picks. He's clearly dissed Bubba and made it very difficult for Love to go back and choose him now.
On the other hand, Bubba could win the Tour Championship - how would he then feel about playing on a Team that has made it obvious that they don't want him?

6).Big sympathies for Bubba here, but what will Capt Love do now?  
New blood? The punditry seems to think he'll choose a young gun, Berger or Thomas - and one would think Thomas's relationship with LoveIV and cliquey best buds with Fowler and Spieth will help him if he can only help himself in Atlanta.

Or an Old head? Possibly Furyk, but I'd go with Dufner, 6 wins against 2 losses in his Presidents/Ryder Cups career, including 2 - 0 in singles. And a proven partner for Zach Johnson. Not to mention that Dufner would take the situation in his stride,

7).The wTF four-tournament action resumes in Boise, Idaho, where it's just warming up again after some frigid temps.
You know the score: The Top 25 money winners in this series, who have not already earned their Tour card via the web.com regular season, earn Tour cards for the 2016/2017 season. And the more money they earn, the higher their status with the stragglers probably only getting to play two of the first eight events, and likely only 2 of the following 8 also.

8).This is the fourth year for wTF and the 25th man on the past three money-lists has earned no less than $42K and no more than $44.3K.
So let's say $45K should get you a card, which would mean DeChambeau, Gonzales, Lindheim and Etulain already have their cards assured.
European standings after one event:
T11: Norlander
T13: Gonzo
T24: Johnston
etc.

9).Gregory Bourdy is throwing his chapeau into the wTF ring this week, joining Andrew Johnston and Aphibarnrat as potential European Tour defectors. Easily forgotten that highlights of Bourdy's season included T18 finishes in the US Open and PGA Championship. Bon chance.

10).Congrat's to Dustin Johnson on his BMW win and he joins Rory and Tiger as three-time FedEx Cup Play Off winners.
Meanwhile, Bubba Watson must be thrilled he championed the US cause in Rio when the Jordans and Dustins stayed at home. It sounds as if Bubba embraced the whole experience, proud to represent USA on the world's second biggest international stage. But the good old USA is not embracing Bubba, despite his 8th-place finish, and that's a shame which might make potential candidates for the Tokyo golf action think twice about playing in four years' time.

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by Davie on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 8:14 pm

navyblueshorts wrote:
super_realist wrote:...and Richard Boxall slipped on a tee because he was so poorly coordinated and broke an ankle.
Ah yes. Knew there was that case but couldn't think of whom it was. He bust his shin if I recall, walking/falling down the front slope of a tee while walking off it. Poorly coordinated? Who knows. Unlucky? Undoubtedly.

Well you seem to know as much (or little?) as super - as I said earlier in the thread, all I can find is reports that his leg broke while trying to keep up with monty and a 1-iron

I'm happy to be proved wrong but none of the reports I can find suggest he fell over walking off the tee box

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Post by pedro on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 8:21 pm

I guess the families sued because all the pupils choked on the 18th green.

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by GPB on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 9:14 pm

pedro wrote:I guess the families sued because all the pupils choked on the 18th green.

Westy can teach them how to win majors, and if he runs out of material, he can contract Monty.

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by McLaren on Tue 20 Sep 2016, 11:30 pm

GPB wrote:
pedro wrote:I guess the families sued because all the pupils choked on the 18th green.

Westy can teach them how to win majors, and if he runs out of material, he can contract Monty.

and sergio, poulter, donald, bjorn, Casey, Mcginley, Fisher, Colsaerts, Molinari......

Oops, did I just list a decade worth of RC heroes. laughing Run
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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by pedro on Wed 21 Sep 2016, 11:36 am

McLaren wrote:
GPB wrote:
pedro wrote:I guess the families sued because all the pupils choked on the 18th green.

Westy can teach them how to win majors, and if he runs out of material, he can contract Monty.

and sergio, poulter, donald, bjorn, Casey, Mcginley, Fisher, Colsaerts, Molinari......

Oops, did I just list a decade worth of RC heroes.   laughing  Run
Could be interesting to see LWs GIR stats in Ryder Cup. I'm sure they're pretty good, given his inability to chip.

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by navyblueshorts on Wed 21 Sep 2016, 1:26 pm

Davie wrote:
navyblueshorts wrote:
super_realist wrote:...and Richard Boxall slipped on a tee because he was so poorly coordinated and broke an ankle.
Ah yes. Knew there was that case but couldn't think of whom it was. He bust his shin if I recall, walking/falling down the front slope of a tee while walking off it. Poorly coordinated? Who knows. Unlucky? Undoubtedly.

Well you seem to know as much (or little?) as super - as I said earlier in the thread, all I can find is reports that his leg broke while trying to keep up with monty and a 1-iron

I'm happy to be proved wrong but none of the reports I can find suggest he fell over walking off the tee box
Yes. Thanks for that Davie. I posted before I read the 1-iron thing. Have a gold star...
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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by pedro on Wed 21 Sep 2016, 3:04 pm

Hitting a 1-iron is worthy a punishment itself.

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by 1GrumpyGolfer on Wed 21 Sep 2016, 3:22 pm

But had been using the TaylorMade new-fangled, whatcha-macallit with go faster stripes and channel set, baguette cut weight ports he could have hit a 5-iron to keep up with Monty.

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by navyblueshorts on Wed 21 Sep 2016, 5:36 pm

Actually, quite surprised he struggled to keep up with Monty; wasn't aware Monty was considered that long.
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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by Roller_Coaster on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 9:06 am

navyblueshorts wrote:Actually, quite surprised he struggled to keep up with Monty; wasn't aware Monty was considered that long.

Just his anecdotes

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by MustPuttBetter on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 10:36 am

He did a little piece on it during the Open coverage and it was actually quite interesting.
His leg had been sore all day, so I assume he may have had a fracture there from something else, and his leg broke actually mid swing during a tee shot. Ouchy
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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by Davie on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 1:44 pm

Super still insists it was clumsy lack of coordination Rolling Eyes

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by pedro on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 2:19 pm

and probably also because he was fat and unfit.

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Post by SmithersJones on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 4:51 pm

And he'd been running wrong.
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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by super_realist on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 6:34 pm

pedro wrote:and probably also because he was fat and unfit.

It wouldn't have helped. I heard a different story about how he did it. I'm happy to be wrong if his leg just suddenly became "sore"

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by Davie on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 7:51 pm

super_realist wrote:
pedro wrote:and probably also because he was fat and unfit.

It wouldn't have helped. I heard a different story about how he did it. I'm happy to be wrong if his leg just suddenly became "sore"

Super - you have demanded many times that people (mostly Mac) does some searching themselves - try it. All the web pieces and the Sky fragment that someone mentioned earlier, have been consistent. His leg had been giving him trouble all week - probably a latent stress fracture. The tee shot was the final straw. If you kow something else then tell us. If you can't back it up then better to just be quiet and admit you were "probably" wrong (see I can use inverted commas to get a point across too)

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Re: PGA Tour: Elementary Bubba Watson: Notes from the Ballwasher

Post by super_realist on Thu 22 Sep 2016, 8:14 pm

That's what I remember hearing on TV Davie, perhaps they were embellishing the story or something to make it sound more interesting.
I already said i'm happy to be wrong.

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