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Refreshing gung-ho style from brilliant Bubba

Posted Aug 16, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Bubba Watson

First of all, an apology to you all. If you followed my tip and took a gamble on Ian Poulter for the USPGA Championship title then I'm sorry! But learn from this and don't follow my predictions in the future!

So, what a final day it proved to be yesterday when Martin Kaymer eventually ran out winner following a play-off with the unpredictable and thoroughly brilliant Bubba Watson.

I admit that Watson isn't someone I had heard much of before this tournament. But his gung-ho style was refreshing. And I loved that he tried to hit an audacious shot to the last green from thick rough with his opponent in a similar situation slightly closer to the hole.

And although Watson ended in the drink, it was this fearless do-or-die attitude that made the play-off so exhilarating. I want to play golf like that. I want to see more golf like that. He reminded me of Adam Sandler's famous character Happy Gilmore as he pounded the ball a country mile off the tee and then seemed less at ease around the green. He was mesmerizing to watch.

And following his drop and resulting pitch that ended in one of the 1,200 bunkers scattered around this beautiful course of Lake Michigan, he almost chipped in for a bogey from the sand but eventually had to settle for a six. Pure entertainment.

His German counterpart was more calculated, seeing Watson's misfortune and chipping out of the rough to safety, leaving a seven iron to the pin. Admittedly, his approach was flawless and it left him with two putts to win from 12 feet which he duly took to claim his first ever major.

However, I won't remember Kaymer's calm, calculated approach to the game. It is Watson's fantastically refreshing approach of trying to hole out with every shot that I will remember from this championship.

On a slightly sour note, I did feel sorry for Dustin Johnson who should have made it a three-way play-off for the title. He, however, was hit by a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a bunker before playing his second to the 18th green.

How he was expected to know it was a bunker is beyond me. With thousands of fans having trampled all over it during the four days of competition, with it being unkept and unraked, with it looking like a dusty patch of ground that had been worn down to that level by the fans, how was he to know it was a bunker? Surely someone should have been there to make him aware.

And I know rules are rules and these protect the game, and I know the authorities had tried to make all the players aware of the situation before the start of the tournament, but in the heat of battle, with the championship within his grasp as he lay 12 under and one shot ahead as he played the last, surely the walking official should have pointed it out as they cleared the hordes of fans before he played his shot.

Unfortunately this didn't happen and he had to settle for nine under and a share of fifth with Jason Dufner and Steve Elkington.

Norther Irish star Rory McIlroy shared third spot with Zach Johnson on 10 under while Tiger Woods completed his tournament on two under.

On a positive note, we are going to get to see Watson's unusally brilliant attitude first hand after his second place finished confirmed his place in the US Ryder Cup team that comes to Celtic Manor in Wales in October.

Right then, where are my clubs, I'm going to the range this afternoon to try and play like Bubba Watson...!

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