Austin C.C. is a suitable host for the WGC-Match Play, its risk-reward set-up conducive to the theater this format can produce. The Texas property is also known for manufacturing some of the longest drives on tour, thanks to consistent wind and hardened, rolling terrain. Launching-pad factors that translated to a 410-yard bomb from Rory McIlroy last year, along with a host of other "Did you see THAT?" rockets.
Even in that cadence, what Bubba Watson did on Thursday is absurd.
In his Day 2 battle against Marc Leishman, Bubba broke out an iron on the group's ninth tee box. Just trying to keep it in the fairway, right? Perhaps...although the two-time Masters winner didn't sacrifice distance in the process, hitting his iron 366 yards.
Anytime you can get Nick Faldo to halt this hip-hop soliloquy, you know you've done something impressive.
Sure, the fairway dramatically hooks downhill. But I don't care if he's hitting it down a waterslide: 366 yards with an iron is getting it done.