Around the wider world of golf: Cristie Kerr ripped the field for her 2nd major at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and #1 in the World Rankings (so important I gave her a Limerick Summary of her very own!); Loren Roberts won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on the Champions Tour; Jamie Lovemark won the Mexico Open Bicentenary on the Nationwide Tour; David Horsey won the BMW International Open on the European Tour; Karen Lunn won her first LET win in 13 years at the Portugal Ladies Open; and Emily Tubert won 3&2 over Lisa McCloskey at the U.S. Women's Public Links. (You can read Rhonda Glenn's summary of the 36-hole final here.)
They say you have to learn how to win. School's been tough on Bubba Watson. First they claimed he was too reckless; then, when he tried laying up on a par-5 earlier this year and still lost, he got blasted for being gutless. The longest guy in the field at Travelers must have been struggling to find a balance that would get the job done. He was 6 strokes back of the leader, Justin Rose, when the day began; but after Rose, who had won his first just a couple of weeks ago and seemed to be a lock for this win also, lost his confidence with the putter over the weekend, Bubba made a run. After a double on 17, he managed a birdie on 18 and suddenly found himself in a playoff...
(photo from PGATour.com)
With a couple of short-knockers who knew how to get the job done. Scott Verplank and Corey Pavin, older and perhaps wiser in the ways of victory, were hungry for wins themselves. Ironically, it was two simple pars that gave Bubba the win and moved him to #8 on the FedEx Cup points list. He broke down after the win, dedicating it to his family and especially his dad, who's fighting cancer.
Has Bubba finally learned how to win? I don't know, but Charlie Rymer at TGC was right about one thing: Bubba will go to bed every night for the rest of his life knowing he's a Tour winner. Hopefully this won't be his only win.
When a par-5’s a mere appetizer,
You may find you’re a poor strategizer.
After getting this win,
Can he do it again?
If he does, then it’s made Bubba wiser.