Bubba Watson, who ended up beating Paul Casey in a playoff, isn’t afraid to talk back to fans in the gallery, especially if they say something completely ludicrous. Which was the case on the par-4 2nd hole at TPC River Highlands during the final round of the Travelers Championship.
Watson hit his drive in the right rough — not where you want to be hitting into that hole since there’s a big tree blocking your line — leaving him with 101 yards to the green. No big deal if you’re a shot-maker like Bubba, though. A nearby
drunk and clueless spectator had his own ideas on how to hit it and yelled at Bubba to punch a low 4-iron.
“That’s why you’re on that side of the ropes,” Bubba fired back.
Now, that’s an absurd suggestion for several reasons (and I rarely agree with the two-time Masters champ). First of all, if Bubba hit a punch 4-iron from 100 yards, it would sail over the green. Secondly, Bubba launches it high enough in the air (and far enough) to hit a sand wedge over the tree and onto the green to about four feet. Which is exactly what he did.
Before moving along and walking away, Bubba stopped and looked around in the gallery for the fan who decided to impart the bit of advice. He bobbled his head and peered in the crowd before saying, “Who wanted the 4-iron punch?”
It was a funny moment, but at the same time, I’m not certain Bubba was “joking around” with the fans. Hey, it’s better than throwing his caddie under the bus, though!