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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Limerick Summary: 2015 Travelers Championship

Winner: Bubba Watson

Around the wider world of golf: Jeff Maggert got ticked off by my post last Wednesday so he went and won the US Senior Men's Open on the Champions Tour; Na Yeon Choi dropped an eagle-birdie-par finish on the field to take the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on the LPGA; Dani Holmqvist won the Island Resort Championship on the Symetra Tour; Pablo Larrazábal won the BMW International Open on the ET; Jeong Hwa Lee won the Hong Kong Ladies Open on the LAGT; Rob Oppenheim won the Air Capital Classic on the Tour; Kevin Spooner won the Syncrude Boreal Open on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada; and Bo-Mee Lee won the Earth Mondamin Cup on the JLPGA (bangkokbobby has details).

Bubba in action

It just seems weird to me. You take a guy like Bubba Watson, a guy who likes to put big bends and curves on a golf ball, and the only places he seems to play well -- other than Augusta National, that is -- are fairly claustrophobic courses with lots of trees and tight fairways. Put him on a wide open links-style course and he seems to be entirely lost.

I just don't get it... but unfortunately for the rest of the field, they've become all too familiar with this weird quirk of being Bubba. And that's doubly true when they play at TPC River Highlands, the home of the Travelers Championship.

I admit that I was pulling for Paul Casey -- not because I didn't want Bubba to win, but just because Paul has had such a long journey back from all the injuries and such that nearly derailed his career. He's been so close this year and once he made the playoff I thought maybe this might be the week.

But it wasn't. Instead, Bubba did his typical magic tricks with the ball and made us all wonder why the hell he can't play a US Open or an Open Championship worth a damn. Perhaps he just needs some glasses that restrict his field of vision so he'll THINK those majors have no room to land a golf ball. I understand most of the other players in the field already have some of those and would probably lend them to him if he just asked...

In the meantime, Bubba receives yet another Limerick Summary to post on his wall... and a plea for him to find some way to play the Open Championship the way we know he can. Bubba, St. Andrews is a PERFECT place for you to win an Open!
Bubba traveled from West Coast to East,
Winning here where he’s always a beast.
Ain’t it strange Bubba thinks
He should struggle on links
While at Travelers he plays the artiste?
The photo came from the tournament upshot page at

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