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Bubba Watson

  • Birthplace: Bagdad, FL
  • Residence: Scottsdale, AZ
  • Birth Date: November 5, 1978
  • height: 6-3
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Other Victories

(1): 2008 CVS/Caremark Charity Classic [with Camilo Villegas]

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,259,337 (48)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T2-- Quail Hollow Championship. T7-- Buick Invitational.

PGA TOUR Best Round

62 at Round 1, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Earned first top-10 of the season in his fourth start with a T7 at the Buick Invitational, ranking third in Putting (111 putts) and fourth in Driving Distance (297.5 yards).

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

T2-- Shell Houston Open, Buick Open, Quail Hollow Championship.

2008 Season Highlights

Had his most consistent season as a professional, making THE TOUR Championship for the first time and placing 30th in the FedExCup...First top-10 of the season was a T8 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Shared the 54-hole lead with four other players including eventual champion Tiger Woods. It was his first top-10 since finishing T5 at the 2007 U.S. Open...Recorded his second top-10 of the season with a T6 at the Travelers Championship...Finished T2 at the Buick Open after missing a 15-foot birdie try at the 72nd hole that would forced a playoff with Kenny Perry. Fell back on Sunday with bogeys at Nos. 8 and 9, but recovered with birdies on four of his next seven holes. Runner-up finish marked the best of his PGA TOUR career, bettering a T3 at the 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson...Competed in all four PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup events, with his best finish being a T12 at The Barclays.

Career Highlights

2007: In just his second year on TOUR, collected a career-best five top-10s, including a runner-up finish at the Shell Houston Open. Shared the 36-hole lead after opening 69-71 and held the 54-hole lead by three strokes after a Redstone GC Tournament Course record-tying 8-under-par 64. Finished three strokes behind champion Adam Scott after posting a final-round 72...In just his second career major championship start, finished T5 at the U.S. Open at Oakmont. Trailed the leader, Angel Cabrera, by one stroke through 36 holes, and finished four strokes behind the eventual champion...For the second straight season, led the TOUR in Driving Distance with an average of 315.2 yards. 2006: Rookie on TOUR after finishing 21st on the 2005 Nationwide Tour money list...Opened the year with a fourth-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Collected his first paycheck on TOUR, a season-best $244,800, more than he earned on the 2005 Nationwide Tour money list ($202,437)...Best effort of the season was a T3 at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, three strokes behind winner Kirk Triplett. Played 72 holes without a bogey...Bogey-free streak came to an end at 100 holes after he bogeyed the par-4 seventh hole on Doral's Blue Monster (AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am-4 holes, Chrysler Classic of Tucson-72, Ford Championship at Doral-24)...Next top-10 came in August, a T6 at The INTERNATIONAL. Led the field in Putting Average (1.457) despite entering the week ranked 173rd on TOUR...Led TOUR in Driving Distance with an average of 319.6 yards. 2005: Finished 21st on the Nationwide Tour money list. One of three left-handers to graduate to the PGA TOUR from Nationwide Tour, joined by Eric Axley and Greg Chalmers. Fell from 18th to 21st on money list after the Nationwide Tour Championship and grabbed the last available spot after graduating class was expanded to top 21 thanks to a change in the eligibility following Jason Gore's victory on the PGA TOUR...Season highlighted by a T2 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs...Led Nationwide Tour in Driving Distance with an average of 334.0 yards (second-longest average in Tour history). 2004: Finished second twice on the Nationwide Tour, losing in a three-way playoff at the Lake Erie Charity Classic and finishing T2 at the Mark Christopher Charity Classic...Blasted a 422-yard tee shot, the longest recorded drive in Nationwide Tour history, at the Gila River Golf Classic...Finished 37th on the final Nationwide Tour money list. 2003: Finished 63rd on the Nationwide Tour money list. 2002: First career start on the PGA TOUR was at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans after Monday qualifying. Missed the cut. Amateur: Three-time AJGA All-America selection...First-team junior college All-American at Faulkner State in Alabama...Attended the University of Georgia where he helped the Bulldogs to the 2000 SEC title. Second-team all-Southeastern Conference pick. Honorable mention All-American.

Personal

Uses a pink shaft in his driver...Father started him in golf... Attended the same high school (Milton, FL) as current PGA TOUR player Heath Slocum and Nationwide Tour player Boo Weekley...Self-taught player who learned the game by hitting wiffle balls around his house. "The house was probably an acre and a half yard with big trees, downtown Bagdad (FL). The house is sitting here, and I drew in the dirt driveway. I'd draw a big circle, and that would be my hole, a 5-foot circle. I'd go around it to the left and then I'd go around it to the right. So I learned to cut it. If you know about wiffle balls or plastic balls, it's hard to cut. Then I learned to hook it the other way, hit it high over limbs, hit it low under limbs. I'd say non-stop every day from 6 to 12 years old. Instead of playing with trucks out in the yard, I'd play with a ball and a club."...Is using the same putter he has had since he first took up the game...Wife Angie is 6-foot-4 and a former University of Georgia, WNBA and European professional basketball player...Has his own line of clothing, Bubbagolf, featuring shirts, pants and windbreakers, available through retailer Steve and Barry's...Sponsors the Bubba Watson Invitational at the University of West Florida, a women's NCAA Division II golf tournament at Stonebrook Village GC, Watson's home course in Pace, FL...Without letting family and friends know, completed requirements toward a degree at the University of Georgia in the summer of 2008, thereby validating his push for kids to stay in school.

Nationwide Tour Playoff Record

0-1

Other Information

Rookie on the PGA TOUR after finishing 21st on the 2005 Nationwide Tour money list. One of three left-handers to graduate to PGA TOUR from Nationwide Tour, joined by Eric Axley and Greg Chalmers. Member of the Nationwide Tour in 2003-05, where he improved his status each year from No. 63 to No. 37 to No. 21. Fell from 18th to 21st on money list after the Nationwide Tour Championship and grabbed the last available spot after graduating class was expanded to Top 21 thanks to a change in the eligibility after Jason Gore's victory on the PGA TOUR. Season highlighted by a T2 at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs and a third at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic where his drives averaged 367.3 yards. Led TOUR in Driving Distance with an average of 334.0 yards (second-longest average in Tour history) after finishing second in 2004 (323.5 yards) and third in 2003 (319.3 yards). First Nationwide Tour long-drive champion to advance to PGA TOUR the next season. Finished second twice in 2004, losing in a three-way playoff at the Lake Erie Charity Classic and finishing T2 at the Mark Christopher Charity Classic. Blasted a 422-yard tee shot, the longest recorded drive in Nationwide Tour history, at the Gila River Golf Classic. Missed cut at 2004 U.S. Open and at 2002 Compaq Classic of New Orleans after Monday qualifying. Three-time AJGA All-America selection. First-team junior college All-American at Faulkner State in Alabama. Attended the University of Georgia where he helped the Bulldogs to the 2000 SEC title. Second-team all-Southeastern Conference pick. Honorable mention All-American. Attended the same high school (Milton, FL) and played on the high school golf team with current TOUR player Heath Slocum and Nationwide Tour player Boo Weekley. Self-taught player who learned the game by hitting wiffle balls around his house. Is using the same putter he has had since he first took up the game.

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