Welcome back to another edition of Hittin’ the Links! This week we’ve got stories from all across the world.
Starting in Southern California, we’ll take a look at Bubba Watson’s win at Riviera, his 10th on Tour. We’ll also journey east to Florida, where Tiger Woods has entered another tournament, spin by Georgia where Augusta is planning a course change, and finish with a pair of tournaments in Oman and Australia.
Let’s hit the links!
Hole #1: Bubba Watson Wins at Riviera
Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open this week at Riviera Country Club, his 10th PGA Tour win and his first in two years. Watson won by two strokes over Kevin Na and Tony Finau. [Link]
Hole #2: Watson Plays in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game
Maybe even more impressively, Bubba Watson played in the NBA Celebrity All Star Game Friday night. He didn’t play well, but he did play. [Link]
Hole #3: Tiger Commits to Honda Classic
After 27 holes of decent golf and nine holes of terrible golf, Tiger Woods committed to the upcoming Honda Classic midway through his Friday round. This will be his third appearance at PGA National. [Link]
Hole #4: What’s In Bubba’s Bag?
Alongside from his Titleist ProV1X golf balls, Bubba uses Ping clubs throughout the bag, including a G400 driver and iBlades irons. [Link]
Hole #5: Bill Haas Injured in Fatal Car Crash
On Wednesday, the day before he was scheduled to appear at Riviera, Bill Haas was injured in a three-car crash that killed the driver of his Ferrari. Actor Luke Wilson, who was unharmed, was driving a third car. [Link]
Hole #6: Joost Luiten Wins on European Tour
After a back-and-forth Sunday round, the Netherlands’ Joost Luiten won the inaugural Oman Open this week by two shots over England’s Chris Wood. [Link]
Hole #7: Justin Thomas: Are the Fans Too Unruly?
Justin Thomas just wishes that the fans wouldn’t yell as the players are making contact. Not too much to ask for. [Link]
Hole #8: Jin Young Ko Wins on LPGA Tour
Korean player Jin Young Ko won the Women’s Australian Open this week, besting fellow South Korean Hyejin Choi by three shots. The wire-to-wire win was Ko’s second on the LPGA Tour. [Link]
Hole #9: Augusta National Looking to Push Back Fifth Tee Box
Augusta National is planning to move the fifth tee box back between 20 and 30 yards following the Masters this year, adding substantial distance to what is already one of the course’s more difficult holes.