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Golf Australia Express : Issue 31
PLAYER THE B UBBA WATSON IS A DREAMER. HE JUST DOESN'T GET GREEDY WITH THOSE DREAMS. THE LATEST ADDITION TO THE MAJOR CLUB IS FAR FROM YOUR EVERYDAY GOLFER. IN FACT THE OTHER LEFTY'S A LITTLE LEFT OF CENTRE. FEW COULD ARGUE BUBBA WATSON is an artist—at least with a golf club in hand. Wielding his wedges with the careless, unbridled abandon of a painter’s imagination, the 33-year-old American splashes his way around a course like it was a blank canvas made for his imagination. Sometimes the results are messy. Other times he produces the stuff of an artistic genius. His long and dramatic—yet controlled—hooks and slices continue to amaze fans and players alike. “He can hit a 40-yard fade or 60- yard draw because he does it all the time,” says fellow PGA Tour player Aaron Baddeley. “He’s entertaining to watch...even for us players,” adds Bill Hass. That entertainment was on show for all during the final round of the 2012 Masters. Standing on the tee of the second playoff hole next to his opposite in Louis Oosthuizen—one of the Tour’s ice-men—you’d have been forgiven for thinking Watson was about to blow his chances of winning the major. Then moments later, a wayward swing of his trademark pink driver left the Florida native’s ball resting on pine needles without a visual of the flag—his hopes of victory seemed dashed. But Bubba sees things differently to the rest
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