If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that “Bubba Golf” may not always be pretty, but it sure is effective.
After two green jackets and six total wins, you would think that there wouldn’t be anything left for Bubba Watson to show us that we hadn’t already seen before. However, if Watson can find a way to hold on to to his narrow lead in Sunday’s final round at the Memorial Tournament, we could see something he’s never done before: winning three times in one season.
A victory at Muirfield Village wouldn’t just be any third win, though. It would be enough to catapult Watson over Jimmy Walker for the top spot in the FedEx Cup points race, a spot Walker has held for most of 2014 after notching three wins of his own. If Bubba can keep up the amazing pace we’ve seen for most of this year, then anything is possible once the playoffs roll around.
If you want a quick glance at what makes Watson so much fun to watch, you need look no further than his scorecards for the week. So far at Memorial, Watson has made ten bogeys, tied for 52nd in the field. Not what you’d expect from the 54-hole leader. Then you see that the same aggression and creativity that leads to some of those bogeys also has earned him two eagles and 18 birdies (second and third respectively) and the whole picture starts to add up.
This new version of Bubba Watson is the perfect storm of wild, off-the-wall shotmaking and calculated risk-taking. “It’s all about maturity,” Watson told reporters after the third round Saturday. “Thinking around the golf course a lot better — it’s my ninth year on TOUR, so better thinking on the golf course is creating better shots. Hitting a lot more greens. Hitting a lot more fairways. Putting a little better this year. When you add all that up, it turns into better scores.”
It’s been a career year for Watson, and with a huge summer ahead, it wouldn’t be a surprise for him to compete for yet another major, and most certainly he looks set to contend for the $10 million FedEx Cup.