Tiger Woods is further off than anyone thought and Phil Mickelson made a damn good effort, but in the end it was Bubba Watson who birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to give himself a two shot cushion, which ended up being enough to get his second PGA Tour win. Mickelson hit his tee shot in the rough on the 18th hole and was forced to lay up. From the CBS camera angle behind Phil, it seemed he may have had a shot to go for the green, but in the end had to lay up, and then was forced to try and hole out his third shot to tie Watson.
In true Bubba Watson fashion, he shed some tears but was as grateful as ever in his interview with Peter Kostis after the round. Bubba made the point in the interview that his first win last year did nothing to help him win again, but I can’t get with that statement. It seemed as though Bubba was sharp and in full control the whole time on Sunday and I can’t help but think that first win last year taught him a lot. He was able to close today, something he was not able to do before his first win.
Phil Mickelson gave it a good run down the stretch on Sunday but just could not make those clutch birdie putts, and he can probably look back at the eagle putt on the 13th hole that rimmed out. Jhonattan Vegas also hung in there tough all day and the CBS team could not get off his jock all day. Bill Haas on the other hand had a rough day, shooting a 75 to end in a tie for ninth place.
Tiger Woods? Well he shot another over par round today and after round said “I’ve got some work to do, which is good.” Well I for one am surprised he faltered on the weekend. I thought he was ready to go and would make a run at it.
Overall it was a great tournament, and next week the rowdy Waste Management Phoenix Open is on the schedule. That should be pretty good as well.