News & ToursNovember 9, 2014

Bubba finishes eagle, birdie to capture his first victory outside the U.S.

SHANGHAI, China -- Put a golf club in Bubba Watson's hands and he becomes the kid who insists on coloring outside the lines, running with scissors and sticking a square peg in a round hole. He is not going to put his pants on one leg at a time, but you can bet he'll try to put the cart before the horse. In other words, he's as conventional as garlic ice cream. Bubba Golf, a highball, high-wire, high-intrigue style of play that no one would copy even if they could, breaks a lot of rules. But it is truly something to behold, especially when it works, like at this year's Masters or at the Northern Trust Open, where he rallied with a pair of weekend 64s. And witness the events that unfolded Sunday at Sheshan International Golf Club, where Watson defeated Tim Clark on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions. Moments after holing out a 60-foot bunker shot for eagle on the 72nd hole, Watson sank a 20-foot birdie putt for his seventh career win on the PGA TOUR and third victory of the calendar year. The win also was his first in a WGC event and first outside the U.S. "You never know what you're going to get with me," Watson, 36, said with a grin after a win that he could have made look easy, but then, after an inexplicable two-hole lapse, looked improbable until he pulled off one of the most miraculous recovery shots of the year. "I make it interesting, don't I?"

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