Bubba: See you in England!
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour


After missing two cuts in a row, Masters champ Bubba Watson returned to the first page of the leaderboard, finishing tied for second at the Travelers Championship, where he won his maiden PGA Tour victory in 2010. Prior to the Memorial, Watson had finished T18 or better in his nine previous starts this season.

What’s next for the part-time* golfer?

A(nother) three-week break to take care of loose ends and spend time with his family in their gated community, of course.

“British Open,” said Watson after posting a second consecutive five-under 65 on Sunday when asked when we’d see him next.

“I got a lot of stuff to do at the new house. Buying a new house, got a lot of adoption stuff to do, got a lot of paperwork to go through with that. So I’ve got time off, got three weeks off now to hopefully get all that stuff done.”

Cool. He’s not the only guy who takes three weeks off between the Travelers and the Open. He also made the same scheduling decision last year pre-Masters glory. Well, actually, that’s not entirely true. In 2011 he played in French Open this week instead of the AT&T. Remember that debacle?

Have a good break, Bubs. I don’t blame you. I didn’t win the Masters and I’m pretty pooped from traveling (20 starts this year!). As a fellow independent contractor, I’d like a three-week vacation to recuperate before the Open Championship if I could, so enjoy your time with your family and sunning yourself by the pool or whatever it is Bubba likes to do.

*Joking re: “part-time” golfer. Bubba is an independent contractor and he can choose to play as little or as much as he’d like. Besides, he still has more starts than Tiger Woods! — though I should note that Tiger is playing this week at the AT&T National and the following at Greenbrier, so he’ll have the same number of starts going into the Open as Bubba: 12.

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