Bubba Watson holes out from bunker for eagle, goes on to win HSBC Champions (vid)
Bubba Watson almost Bubba Watson-ed himself out of contention during his up-and-down final around at the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai, China.
Standing on the 16th tee box with a two-stroke lead, Watson had a bogey on 16 and a double-bogey on the par-3 17th hole, leaving him one stroke behind a five-way tie for first.
Then it was time not for Bubba to play some “Bubba golf.”
“It’s been a miserable couple holes here, but this will change everything if it goes in,” Watson reportedly told his caddie, per an ESPN report.
Sitting in a bunker about 60 yards out on the par-5 18th, Watson pounded the ball out of the trap, only to see it roll 25 feet and right into the hole for a remarkable eagle.
Watson’s reaction was priceless. It was obvious he was as stunned as were those watching.
“You always joke about holing it,” Watson said. “And then it actually went in. I didn’t know how to react and so I just kind of screamed, and I lost my voice a little bit. It was one of those shots, a one-in-a-lifetime kind of shot. And so it was pretty neat.”
Watson ultimately won the HSBC Champions, rolling in a birdie from 20 feet in a playoff hole to beat Tim Clark in a playoff.
But if it hadn’t been for his breathtaking demonstration of “Bubba golf,” he never would have had a chance to win his first World Golf Championship after almost Bubba Watson-ing himself out of the tournament.
“You never know what he’s going to do,” said Rickie Fowler, speaking of his Golf Boys cohort.
He’s got that right.
(photo credit: Associated Press)