March 10, 2012 by staff
Cadillac Championship, Bubba Watson has never been one to get anywhere in a straight line, especially when a golf ball is involved.
The best example of that were two holes late in the second round at the Cadillac Championship, one that helped him keep pace with Justin Rose, another that helped him pass Rose and take the outright lead going into the weekend at Doral.
Watson was so far left off the sixth fairway that a tree was blocking his route to the hole, which was 135 yards with a left-to-right wind. The shot normally calls for a sand wedge, which might have been enough to get over the tree. Watson chose to go around it.
“He took three clubs more,” caddie Ted Scott said. “He takes it 20 yards right of the green and slices it back into the wind, and it actually went past the hole, then came back with the wind.”
Scott reached for his yardage book, in which he keeps notes of yardage and clubs that Watson hits on every hole in every round. Next to this notation on the sixth hole, he wrote in parentheses, “Wow.”
“The sad thing,” Watson said, “is I could see that in my head.”
Two holes later, trailing Rose by one shot in the must-see group Friday on the Blue Monster, Watson was 225 yards away in the fairway. He hit a bullet of a 3-iron just over a palm, clipping it ever so slightly, with just enough power into the wind that it cleared the water and settled 6 feet away for eagle.
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