By PGA.com staff
Bubba Watson’s chance to impress his favorite NFL team slipped through the two-time Masters champion’s fingers.
Watson, an avid New Orleans Saints fan, attended the team’s training camp last week at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, where he owns a home. Watson tweeted pictures of him with Saints’ coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. But his big moment came on Friday.
In a designed trick play that NOLA.com reported had Watson randomly coming off the sideline onto the field after the ball was snapped, Brees targeted him a deep ball. The pass hit him in the hands. And he dropped it. Stories vary regarding who was to blame for the incompletion that drew boos from spectators.
“He’s blaming me, saying I under-threw him,” Brees told reporters after the practice. “I didn’t want to overthrow him. I thought it was something he could come back to. So he’s saying QB error. I’m saying receiver error. What I really wanted was an over-the-top throw. We’re going to have to practice that. I’m going to have to get him off the course this afternoon and back here for some extra reps.”
By the looks of things, Watson had plenty of fun, though. He spent time signing autographs and taking pictures with fans and the Saints players and coaches. And he even got his hands on the Saints playbook. We're guessing the trick play to Watson is no longer included.
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On July 14, Keith and Sandy (Hurt) Lemon were married on the ninth hole of the Fostoria Country Club in Fostoria, Ohio. It was a simple wedding, attended by immediate family and followed by a reception at the local Bob Evans.
So what made the happy couple choose the ninth hole as the spot where they wanted to get married? It's the hole where Keith has had all sorts of trouble.
The idea spawned from a round at the course before the wedding.
"We decided to play 18 holes and at the same time discuss plans for a simple wedding," Keith said. "We were almost set to have the wedding at a small church in town when I just finished the ninth hole par-3 with a double bogey and Sandy said we should get married at the ninth tee."
His reaction was about what you would expect.
"My reaction was, you have to be kidding, I play better on a par 5," Keith said.
His bad experiences on the hole weren't enough to sway Keith against the idea.
"We agreed to marry on the ninth because both golf and marriage take work," Keith said.
Three hours after the reception, Keith and Sandy – who met at a meet and greet with high school friends – played 18 holes at Fostoria. So did the wedding help Keith get over the troubles that had plagued him?
"Again, a double bogey on the ninth hole," he said, noting that score was not kept in their post-nuptial round.
Fostoria Country Club has been a special place already for the couple. That's where their second date was four years ago. And they play together every weekend at one of four local courses, including Fostoria.
The course was open during the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, but most of the golfers were on the back nine. The couple had told the manager that they would allow golfers to play through if any showed up in the middle of their 15-minute ceremony.
And what about the honeymoon? Well, that hasn't happened yet, but for good reason. They're going to Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 1 and 2 for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.