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Sunday, November 15, 2015

If You Wonder Why You Haven't Seen Bubba...

It's because Bubba is playing the Japan Tour this week -- specifically, he's playing in the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters. (Yeah, that's a mouthful.) At the time I'm writing this, he still has one more round to play. But since most of you probably aren't getting updates, I thought I'd try to bring you up-to-date.

Some of you may have seen this video that Bubba tweeted from Japan on Tuesday.
Pretty cool, huh?

Shingo KatayamaBubba is doing well in the tournament itself -- he seems to do very well in Japan, and he really seems to like playing there. After three rounds he finds himself just two shots off the lead. Japanese player Shingo Katayama -- he often wears a cowboy hat when he plays, remember him? -- is still leading the tournament at -14 (he has led since the second round) and Taiwanese player Khrongpha Thanyakorn is just a stroke back. Then Bubba is at -12 and three other players at -11.

I did a quick check on the weather there -- Gotemba in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan -- and found that it's supposed to be in the mid-60s, 82% humidity and 7mph winds with a 40% chance of rain (and the chance goes down as the day wears on). Those sound like good scoring conditions to me, although the scores from the first three rounds indicate that the course is getting harder. Bubba may have his hands full winning this event.

You can find the Taiheiyo Masters leaderboard at several sites on the web. This link goes to the one at, which is in English. You'll want to check in later today and see if Bubba can close this tournament out. It will probably only get a brief mention on GC.

[UPDATE: Apparently the tournament was shortened to 54 holes and Shingo was declared winner. Bubba finished third.]

The photo of Shingo came from


  1. Thanks for this update. I've been trying to figure out when that fourth round would be played. Oh well.

  2. I know what you mean. At least I think I can help a bit with the Japan Tour. I found this English site for the Japan Golf Tour:

    When you click on the tournament name -- which lists Shingo as the champion -- you can see they only played three rounds.

    I think I may put this link in the Live Leaderboards section over in the sidebar. It's the first English link I've found.