Bubba Watson is becoming a fan of the matchplay format. Somewhat surprisingly, Watson pummeled two-time Match Play champion Geoff Ogilvy 6&4. Bubba carded five birdies, an eagle and a bogey, but Ogilvy also conceded a birdie and eagle to Bubba, which means he essentially shot 9-under through 14 holes. Through three rounds, Bubba has closed out his matches before reaching the 17th hole.
In his post-round interview, Bubba went into third-person mode, saying, “Bubba played good today.” Indeed he did. Bubba hit long drive; Bubba see hole; Bubba hit ball in hole. That caveman-like thinking contributes to what makes him good.
“I had one hiccup on No. 9,” said Bubba. “I hit a bad shot. Then missed about a 4-footer for par. But other than that it’s been great.
“My nerves — I’ve tried keeping them down as much as possible. Hit a lot of good putts, a lot of good iron shots. Haven’t missed that many fairways, probably no more than five all three days. So it’s been good so far. And I’ve won every time, so it works out.”
“He played very well, ” said Ogilvy. “It’s hard to play a guy that plays that well…I didn’t play good enough to beat someone playing like this.”
Bubba doesn’t like that he has to play against his friends, though — like Ogilvy — the two have the same manager, who didn’t come out to watch on Friday.
“It’s tough when you’re beating or playing against a friend,” said Bubba.
At the end of the day, he’s a competitor and going to try his best to beat his opponent’s head in — at least that’s how the guys who are best at matchplay see it.
Watson faces J.B. Holmes, who dusted off mind game guru Jason Day, in the quarterfinals.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)