Bubba Watson won for the first time in 2016 this week, furthering the argument that he belongs with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy at the top of the golf world. This was Bubba’s second win at Riviera, and came at the end of quite the busy week.
It was the opposite of a busy week for Tiger Woods, who is still unable to even hit chips after his third back surgery. It was reported that Tiger has had a setback in his rehab, though agent Mark Steinberg has issued a denial. Woods will also be the subject of an upcoming biography about his life and career.
In addition we’ll touch on Jordan Spieth missing the cut, the LPGA Tour’s dwindling ratings, and a big birthday for Happy Gilmore.
Let’s hit the links.
Hole #1: Bubba Wins Northern Trust Open for Second Time
Bubba Watson won the Northern Trust Open at Riviera for the second time in his career this week, besting Adam Scott and Jason Kokrak by a stroke. [Link]
Hole #2: Watson Passes Kidney Stone, Rest of Riviera Field
This week Bubba Watson also passed a kidney stone that he’d apparently been holding onto for five years (!?!?), filmed a cameo for “Girl Meets World,” took in a Clippers-Warriors game at Staples Center, personally delivered a child out of the back of a minivan, and attended a Justin Bieber concert. Only one of those is made up. [Link]
Hole #3: Adam Scott Comfortable With Short Putter
My favorite statistic in the history of golf is that Adam Scott let the PGA Tour in strokes gain – putting in 2004. [Link]
Hole #4: Steinberg Says No Setback for Tiger
This is getting genuinely sad, whether or not Tiger has actually had a setback. [Link]
Hole #5: Tiger to be Subject of New Biography
This seems to be more expose than biography. Interesting either way. [Link]
Hole #6: Watch Moar LPGA Golf
The logic is flawed, but the solution is simple: watch more LPGA golf! [Link]
Hole #7: Spieth misses Cut at Riviera
I think the biggest news here is that it’s become news just for Jordan Spieth to miss a cut. Which he rarely ever does. [Link]
Hole #8: Olypmic Golf Course in Rio Hosts First Test
The course took forever to build and they bungled the organization of this test, but at least it’s golf! [Link]
Hole #9: Happy Gilmore Celebrates 20th Anniversary
I only accept payment in novelty check form. [Link]