Bubba Watson promotes Drive, Chip & Putt with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show

Bubba Watson
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Bubba Watson took two pies in the face on "The Tonight Show" - and still won his game of "Pie Golf" with Jimmy Fallon.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 12:38 a.m.
 
Bubba Watson says he's "a big, big believer" in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, and no one can doubt him after Monday night. Watson is such a believer that he took not one but two pies in the face for it.
 
Watson stopped by "The Tonight Show" to promote the event, and wound up facing host Jimmy Fallon in a game of "Pie Golf." In case you've never played – and I'm guessing you haven't since Fallon and his crew made it up – "Pie Golf" is essentially darts with big, smushy golf balls, and with a twist: If your shot sticks on the wall, your opponent gets a pie in the face.
 
 
As you can see in the screenshot above, Watson got pied by actress January Jones after losing the first round. No worries, though – he responded with a perfect shot that earned Fallon a faceful of pie. And in the end, the two-time Masters champion prevailed – and for his victory earned a yellow "Pie Golf" poncho that would actually go with his Green Jacket (which he wisely took off before the game).
 
After a quick clean-up, Watson joined Fallon for a chat about the Masters – and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.
 
 
"Golf to me is all about family. These kids are trying to qualify to get to the home of the Masters, and it's free for the families to get involved," Watson told Fallon.
 
Watson also admitted that he gets something out of the event, too.
 
"I learn from the kids," he said. "Sometimes I forget about how great it is to play golf for a living, and they remind me. They're such an inspiration – they help you remember pretty quickly."
 
Watson and 10-year-old Kelly Xu are in New York Monday and Tuesday to promote next month's Drive, Chip & Putt Championship finals and encourage youngsters to register for this summer's local qualifying for the next edition of the event. Xu is the reigning champion in the 7-9-year-old Girls Division.
 
 
The Drive, Chip & Putt Championship is a free nationwide youth golf competition open to boys and girls ages 7-15, who compete in separate divisions in four age categories. Xu, now 10, is one of 80 national finalists who will compete at Augusta National on Sunday, April 5 – the eve of the Masters Tournament. 
 
"I'm a big, big believer in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship," said Watson before his visit to New York. "I can't think of a better way for a youngster to learn and get better at the game of golf and do it while having fun and building relationships. That's what golf is ultimately all about for me. … I hope the two of us can share our passion for this program with as many parents and kids around the country as possible and get them to register for an experience of a lifetime."
 
Watson's appearance on "The Tonight Show" precedes a whirlwind Tuesday that will see him and Xu make numerous media appearances. They'll start their day with an 8:30 a.m. ET interview on "CBS This Morning," followed by a 9:45 a.m. interview on ESPN's "SportsCenter."
 
After that, they'll head outside to shoot some photos and video in Times Square, and do interviews with the Golf Channel and other media outlets at Rockefeller Center. They'll visit the New York Stock Exchange and tour the trading floor around 3:00 p.m., and appear on CNBC at 3:40 p.m. After that, there will be even more interviews to cap off their busy day, and you can follow them all day on PGA.com and our Twitter and Facebook accounts.