12/06/2015

After all this fall talk of “golf’s big three,” Bubba Watson decided to throw his name in the hat for a “big four.”

Bubba is the new big cat at “Big Cat’s tournament,” this year being held in the Bahamas. Watson’s three-stroke win at the HERO World Challenge beat a bevy of Tour youngsters including Patrick Reed, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth, all of whom were nipping at his heels down the stretch.

But Bubba never fired a score higher than 67 all week.

At last year’s HERO World Challenge, 26-under par for Jordan Spieth was good for a 10-shot victory. This year, 20-under from Mr. Spieth was good for a 4th place finish. He’s grown accustomed to winning in 2015, so Bubba Watson’s onslaught of 25-under may have been a shock to the 22-year old’s system.

“There’s no disappointment,” said Spieth though, optimistically after the round.

But the course in the Bahamas played so much into Bubba’s favor, it was easy to see why Jordan Spieth predicted him to win earlier in the week.

“There’s so many easy holes out here. Five par-5s, so many reachable par-4s. For a guy like Bubba, if he’s driving the ball well it’s a pitch-and-putt.” — Jordan Spieth, post-round on Sunday.

Bubba’s last win came in June at the Travelers Championship, coincidentally also beating Paul Casey, who Bubba played with in the final round in the Bahamas. It closes out a season for Bubba he’s proud of– especially to do it at Tiger’s event.

“It means a lot [to win Tiger Woods’ event]. He’s the guy I looked up to, he’s the guy I wanted to be like. How do you not want to be a champion like him when it comes to golf? All the tournaments he’s won, all the tournaments that he’s competed in at a high level. Playing practice rounds with him, watching him, learning from him. Even though I don’t ask questions, I was learning from him. It’s very impressive to watch his work and his dedication and drive to become the best.” — Bubba Watson

And if he ever reaches world number one, Bubba says he’ll retire from the game.

A great win for Bubba at the HERO.