After Bubba Watson's drive on the second hole in Sunday's final round of the Travelers Championship landed in heavy rough behind a row of trees, someone in the gallery suggested loudly that Watson ought to hit a low 4-iron under the branches.
However, Bubba had other ideas. As in, if you can't go around, go over -- with a sand wedge. Just watch:
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Watson's ball landed four feet from the hole and he tapped in for his second consecutive birdie of the round. After his marvelous approach shot, Watson immediately turned toward the gallery in an attempt to catch the attention of the amateur caddie in the crowd.
Bubba Watson 1, fan in gallery 0.
Sometimes you make your own luck. Sometimes it's made for you.
During Saturday's third round of the Travelers Championship, co-leader Bubba Watson pulled a 7-wood so far right that it could have wound up out of bounds. But watch the video to see what kind of a lucky break Bubba got.
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The sound of ball hitting tree is very evident in the audio.
Faced with a long bunker shot -- much better than what Watson probably expected when the ball left his club -- Watson dumped it into a greenside bunker near the lake. Faced then with a rare "double sandy," Watson put it within four feet and calmly sank the putt for a "routine" par.
Charity golf tournaments have hole-in-one prizes all the time, usually for something like a new car or a vacation -- and rarely does anyone actually make an ace to win. If someone does hole out, they're usually won by someone in the community but not particularly well-known elsewhere.
But the Nashville Sports Council Golf Tournament on Thursday not only featured an unusual prize, but it was won by Beau Brinkley, who just happens to be the long snapper for the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
According to this story in the Nashville Tennesean, Brinkley aced the par-3, 182-yard eighth hole at Gaylord Springs. And since the tournament was sponsored by Jack Daniel's, Brinkley won himself an entire barrel of single barrel select premium whiskey -- both the contents and the barrel.
How big is a barrel? Well, it holds about 250 bottles of whiskey. Brinkley mentioned later in an interview with ESPN that he'd like to keep the barrel as a reminder of his once-in-a-lifetime shot. And a lifetime of shots, as well.
Although since the traditional celebration for a hole-in-one is drinks on the house, Brinkley's supply of whiskey could already be dwindling.
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