April 10 2012
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- As historic as Louis Oosthuizen’s double eagle was during the final round of the Masters, the shot everyone was still talking about Tuesday at the RBC Heritage was Bubba Watson’s escape from the woods on the second hole of sudden death, the par-4 10th at Augusta National.
“Yeah,” Boo Weekley said with emphasis when asked if Watson was in some strange way better off being in the trees than in the fairway. “Where we grew up, at Tanglewood, we had to learn that shot because the trees are real tight. If there’s anybody out there that’s gonna do it, he’s gonna do it every time.”
Weekley and Watson went to the same high school in Milton (Fla.) in the Florida panhandle.
The shot Watson hit Sunday was a wedge off the pine straw, under a tree then over them from 164 yards. It hooked about 40 yards to set up a two-putt par for the win.
It’s the kind of shot that fellow Scottsdale, Ariz., resident Aaron Baddeley, who came out to watch it, has seen dozens of times from Watson.
“When he gets in a spot in the trees it definitely makes him focus,” Baddeley said. “He can hit a 40-yard fade or 60-yard draw because he does it all the time. He can move the ball so far. He can hit a 50-yard fade off the tee because he can hit it 320. If I hit a 50-yard fade, it will go 260. That’s his go-to shot.”
That go-to shot gave Watson his first career major and fourth win in the last two years.
Bill Haas thinks it’s more than Watson’s length that has paid off.
“The rest of his game is a lot better than he got credit for,” Haas said. “I give him the credit now. He’s really good.”
Haas’ younger brother and caddie Jay Jr. said that Watson moves the ball more than any other player in the game.
“He’s entertaining to watch,” Bill added. “Even for us players.”