Bubba Watson Hits Newsworthy Drive

Rance Miles, senior executive for a number of dairy companies, follows professional golf in his free time. Rance Miles names Bubba Watson as his favorite player.

In late January of 2015, golf legend Bubba Watson made golf news with a near-ace at the 17th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Typically, most of the drama at this event happens on the TPC Scottsdale course’s par-3 16th hole. However, on Thursday, January 29, Bubba Watson united fans in suspense as he hit a drive on the par-4 17th hole.

Bubba Watson selected a Ping G30 driver to take his shot on this hole. The ball flew over the bunker and up to the green. This distance of more than 340 yards landed the ball just past the flag, which would have been a 6-foot putt had Watson made the next shot. However, his finish on this hole still allowed him to end the course with a 6-under 65, thus placing him one shot behind the lead with 54 holes remaining in play – a position he finished in at the final, in a three-way tie for second behind winner Brooks Koepka.


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