The Masters. Amazing Bubba Blitz at Augusta.

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An amazing blitz from Bubba Watson sees him top the leaderboard in The Masters at Augusta National

 

Bubba Watson stood out among the crowd after shooting a 68 on Friday at the Masters. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Bubba playing to the crowd / Getty Images

Bubba shot a second round -4 under par 68 to top the leaderboard at Augusta by three shots. He said he was trying not to get too excited, and stay focused, he remembered the hang-over he suffered after his Green Jacket win;

“Just keep my head down, not try to focus on the crowds cheering for me and stuff. Trying to stay level, not too energized, not too excited. Never been drunk before, but had a hangover from the green jacket, if you had one, you would celebrate it for a year or two.”

“It’s not science here, it’s try to hit the greens. And if you’re hitting the greens, that means you’re obviously hitting your tee shots well. So that’s all I’m trying to do is just hit the greens, maybe throw in a birdie here or there. That’s what I’ve done the last two days and it’s worked out so far.”

Bubba’s  putt on the 14th hole easily traveled around 50 feet after it turned almost 90 degrees to the left and rolled into the cup. It was just his luck that Sergio had a chip shot that rolled over the very spot where Bubba had marked his putt. The Sergio chip showed him the way.

“Without Sergio’s chip, I probably would have three-putted it.”

John Senden is in second pace at -4 under par, after he had completed his second round of -4 under par 68, the same as Bubba. He is playing with a smile on his face;

If I keep believing in myself and enjoying it, that’s the difference, it’s about keeping a smile on your face when you’re under pressure. I’ve been here five times now and learned where to go and where not to go. You just have to accept where the ball ends up and play the best shot you can.”

” The secret of this course is keeping the big numbers off the card. They kind of put you straight out of contention and if you can do that well you have a chance. There are plenty of ups and downs on this golf course. I just want to go out there and do my best and hope that’s good enough.”

There are four players tied in third place at -3 under par, Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt, Jordan Spieth and defending champion Adam Scott, who carded an even par 72 second round.

Adam reported that it was all too easy to drop shots out on the course today;

“It was very difficult out there today. It’s starting to get pretty easy to drop shots out there, tomorrow is a big day for everyone. Anything even par or better at a major is normally a good score, especially today, I would say. It kept me in the tournament.”

“It wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, but given everything, I’m absolutely satisfied with that. It just means tomorrow’s round’s extremely important for me. It’s going to have to be maybe the best round of the week.”

The patrons favorite, fabulous Freddie Couples, not only made the cut, but is in contention following a spirited second round -1 under par 71, to be tied in seventh place at -2 under par. Not bad for a 53 year-old.

Among those missing the cut were the big names of Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson and Jason Dufner.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Fantastic Fred Wins. Kenny Crowned Champion.

Freddie Couples won his first event this year, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with a last round -2 under par 69 for tournament total of -17 under par, a six shot victory. Kenny Perry won the year-long points competition for  the Charles Schwab Cup.

Fred Couples during his win in the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.

Fred Couples / AP

Fred was happy with his win;

” It’s great to win. It seems like four years ago, now I have 60 days to lose all my momentum. I’d like to have the kind of year Kenny had, the goal is to win the Cup. The goal is to play. This year, I wouldn’t call it a waste, but it was a waste as far as not winning. This week was different, I did not miss many shots. I got the lead and I kept it. I’m not a fierce competitor but I love the competition. Just winning, even if it’s a club championship, you’re thrilled.”

 

King Kenny

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Kenny remarked on his magical season;

” It’s been a magical season. This is my highest accomplishment. I’ve been close to winning a major on the PGA TOUR and to finally win a few this year, it’s the things dreams are made of.”

Kenny spoke about the challenge from Bernhard Langer;

“Starting the week I said it was 29 against one, and like I was saying, I was trying to be the mayor of San Francisco trying to shake all the players’ hands. I just said, I need one of you to get hot this week and keep Langer off of me. And it was so funny he played right in front of me today, Bernhard did, and I came to the ninth hole, which I knocked a driver and 5-wood on the green, and I looked over at the board and he shot – 4 under on the front nine and I’m thinking this guy just won’t go away. We’ll cherish this year because, you know what, not too many people have one of these. To be able to say that I did it once in my career is a dream come true, to finally, here at 53, to achieve something pretty significant in my golfing career. I’ve had the lead since June or whenever and every week we talk about the Charles Schwab Cup and I’m finally glad it’s over, I don’t want to talk about it no more, I got it.”

Bernhard finished in second place, a last round -4 under par 67, for total of -11 under par, in reality a long way from actually winning the tournament, which he needed to do to beat Kenny to the overall points title.

Tied with Bernhard in second place this week were Peter Senior and Mark O’Meara. As things turned out without Fred winning this week, there would have been a play-off for the overall title. Apparently Kenny was very thankful that Freddie turned on his super dominating performance.

 

Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Couples Creates A Cushion.

Freddie Couples creates a comfortable cushion in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park.

It's all Freddie

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Freddie, who is winless this season fired a -3 under par 68 third round to extend his lead at the top of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to five points, with his -15 under par total.

Freddie acknowledged this is the best he has played this year;

“The best I played this year, I’m right there. If someone says are you going to win the Schwab Cup, I would have to have the greatest year ever because I’m going to play 14 times where some guys are going to play 22 times and some of those guys are Kenny Perry and Bernhard Langer, who dominate. This year I played Augusta, Los Angeles and Memorial, 13 out here, so that’s 16, there are 52 weeks, I’m playing 16 of them. Wow, I’m really killing myself. I’m going to play Riviera and Augusta, so 18 Champions Tour events, I think that’s pretty good, and if I do well and keep going, I could play like the SAS Championship and Hickory, which would push it to 20.”

“I enjoy having a lead, sometimes when you go and play with a lead, you try to expand it. If you’re behind, every shot is important. I don’t do well with that. I’m just going to go out and play. For the most part it’s about stepping up and just hitting it.”

Mark O’Meara is in  second place after his -4 under par 67. Th defending champion Tom Lehman had the best round of the day, a -6 under par 65, which propelled him up the leaderboard to join Bart Bryant and Peter Senior at -9 under par. Bart  carded a -1 under par  70, and Peter slipped with a +1 over par 72.

Mark was happy with the driver, but missed some putts;

” I drove the ball pretty well. I had some good opportunities early in the round when I hit good putts that just missed the hole.”

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry is tied for seventh at -7 under  par after a 67, and arch rival for the overall title, Bernhard Langer, who needs a victory and also some help to catch Kenny, also was at -77 under par after a modest even par round of 71.

 

Presidents Cup, Freddie asks Big Jack for Help

Jack Nicklaus   

Jack Nicklaus                                                                            Freddie Couples

Presidential Cup Captain for the U.S. team Fred Couples had  asked the mighty Jack Nicklaus  the 18-time Major championship winner, to be an assistant captain on the American side for the Presidents Cup on Oct. 4-6, 2013.

Big Jack had to decline the offer, due entirely to his responsibilities as Host of the tournament at Muirfield. Jack just wants to be a cordial, not involved and unhurried host for the event at the course he designed.

“Freddie paid me a nice complement by his suggestion, it was very thoughtful of him. I would love to, but I simply can’t. I have duties as host, so that would not be the right thing to do.”

Jack Nicklaus is a four-time U.S. captain in the Presidents Cup, and  didn’t take Freddie  seriously when he first proposed the idea. But Freddie  was very serious.

“I wasn’t joking about it, when we were here at Muirfield Village last night, I said; Could I pick him? A couple of guys from the Tour said, ‘Yeah, he would love that.’ And then a couple other guys; maybe one pretty high up there said, He’s hosting the thing, he can’t do that. Then Jack winked at me and said, But I can be in your team room all you want.”

International captain Nick Price and Freddie Couples are friends, Nick joked about Freddie’s laid-back appearance;

“One thing you’ve got to be careful with Fred with his laid-backness, he wants to win as much as anybody. Even though he looks like he’s about to fall asleep on the golf course. I’m trying to figure out how we as the International Presidents Cup team can get that same buzz that the Europeans got on Sunday at The Ryder Cup.”

The Presidents Cup has taken on an enormity of it’s own, now that the Americans have lost the Ryder Cup, could they lose both tournaments in the same year ? Given the American dominance in this tournament it is unlikely, but; on Sunday the Americans were 200-1 on, to win the Ryder Cup, could lightning strike twice?