When Bubba Watson tees it up, there are no boundaries. In the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship outside of Boston, one of the biggest hitters on Tour proved again why length is so important.
In recording a 7-under, 64, Watson made the TPC Boston look like his personal playground with six drives over 300 yards and a driving distance average of 293.6 for the week.
At the same time, Watson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year was even more proficient with his irons, ranked second in approach shots to the pin and first in putts made distance for the two rounds, Watson had the total package going through two rounds.
“I made an eagle on seven again, two days in a row, which is always nice,” Watson said after his round. “I hit driver, and I had 232 front edge, and I hit 5‑iron to about 12 feet.”
But as he continues to progress with his game, Watson is learning to deal with winning and his new found celebrity.
“You win three times in less than a year, all the people are writing about you in the paper, you’ve got more fans, you’ve got a lot more friends, you’ve got a lot more family, you’ve got a lot more of everything,” Watson said. “For me, being a simple guy like myself, it’s not what I had the dream to do.”
Watson’s dream quite simply was to play golf for a living and win championships, something he will have a good chance of doing over the next couple of days.
The left-hander will be paired in the final group with the years Masters champion Schwartzel and if not for a playoff loss in the PGA Championship last year the pairing would be two major winners. But instead it is with two promising golfers of the future.
“I’ve only missed two cuts, which is pretty good for me, and I’m still learning,” Watson said. “This week ‑‑ I might go out and shoot 90 tomorrow, but I’m still learning. But it’s in a process. Hopefully I’ll play golf for a long time and be on Tour for a long time, so I’ve got time to learn.”
Stuart Hall is editor of the Golf Press Association.