With Bubba Golf on full display, just-turned 36-year-old PING Pro Bubba Watson thrilled record crowds at the WGC-HSBC Champions to earn his first international title and move to #3 in the world. An eagle on the par-5 final hole – thanks to a holed 60-foot bunker shot with a PING prototype wedge – landed Bubba in a two-man playoff, which he won by sinking a 20-foot putt. “You always joke about holing it,” he said of the bunker shot on the 72nd hole. “And then it actually went in. I didn’t know how to react and so I just kind of screamed, and I lost my voice a little bit. It was one of those shots, a one-in-a- lifetime kind of shot. And so it was pretty neat.”
Watson also awed the galleries with his G30 driver, leading the field in average driving distance at 315 yards, 11 yards longer than anyone else. He launched the longest drive of the week at 337 yards. He said his seventh career title was especially meaningful. “Being able to win outside the U.S., I just want to be able to travel and still perform at a high level. So for me to win out here, this is very big.” He tees it up this week on the Japan Golf Tour at the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters.
Watch the video (compliments of the PGA Tour channel) to see Watson in action.