Fail of the Week 13

August 11, 2014

We’ve been putting off the 13th edition of our FAIL series for quite some time because it’s such a dubious honor (and possibly because we’ve been kind of bad at posting updates lately, but we’ll go with the first reason). It’s time.

This week’s FAIL goes to…drum roll….


BUBBA

The two-time Master’s Tournament champion often incites odd responses from people, sometimes rubs folks the wrong way, and is wacky almost a totality of the time. Bubba constantly produces goofy self-videos (see http://vimeo.com/user27337521); some of his exploits include (1) playing putt-putt with buddies, (2) hijacking a Golfsmith outside of LA and challenging the staff to a putting competition and a local man who was nearing retirement to a long drive competition, (3) driving a hovercraft golf cart around (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5u_2bGPdUY). By all accounts the guy is a bit of a goofball. Some people would even go as far as to say fun-loving.

Apparently not.

The PGA Championship practice rounds included a little bit of fan fun this year–a long drive competition for the pros on the par 5 10th hole. The hole measures 595 yards. It’s not like anyone on Tour is going to be hitting anything other than driver. Unless you get your panties in a wad, and that’s exactly what happened to Bubba.

Despite being one of the longest hitters on Tour, Bubba decided he wanted to make a statement, pulling 3-iron instead of driver (see SBNation story for video: http://www.sbnation.com/golf/2014/8/5/5971891/bubba-watson-comments-rips-pga-championship-long-drive-contest). Bubba was quoted as saying “I’m there to play golf, not to hit it far. I’ve got to practice. I’ve never been to the course. I don’t need to worry about a long drive on the 10th hole.”

Really, Bubba? It’s a practice round. It’s not like you couldn’t hit 3-iron if you wanted to (which you didn’t–it’s a 595-yard par 5, and you hit driver every single day of the tournament! see videos at http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/scoring/scorecard/25804) and then follow-up with a driver for the fans. It’s a freaking practice round!

Most surprising, however, is this remarkably serious stance from the guy who literally stated “No drills, that makes it a job. I don’t want it to be a job. I just want to have fun and play golf for a living….for me, it’s just goofing around. This is just golf. This is just fun. It shouldn’t be work.” (see http://www.golf.com/video/practice-pros-bubba-watson).

Really Bubba?

To you, we here at the PF say, you have FAILED!

bubba is an epic fail

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In typical PF fashion these days, LG is off gallivanting around playing golf somewhere while JK works his craft. We are sorry we haven’t been able to provide you, our readership, with a consistent stream of valued content. Nonetheless, our ever-popular Predictions series carries on with the year’s final major, the PGA Championship at Valhalla. It’s been 14 years since Tiger and Bob May famously dueled in perhaps the greatest display of golf skill in history. If you’ve got a spare … well, who cares how long it takes, it’s worth it:

Check out 6:30 to 8:10 in Part 1, especially:


ACTUAL SCORES (updated 8/10)
1 Rory McIlroy -16
2 Phil Mickelson -15
T3 Henrik Stenson -14
T3 Rickie Fowler -14
T5 Jim Furyk -12
T5 Ryan Palmer -12
T7 Jimmy Walker -11
T7 Ernie Els -11
T7 Victor Dubuisson -11
T7 Hunter Mahan -11
T7 Steve Stricker -11

JK:
Winner: Sergio Garcia (T36 at -3. Correct: Rory McIlroy)
Winning Score: -8 (-16)
Runner Up: Ricky Fowler (T3–close; Phil Mickelson)
Low PGA Professional: Rod Perry (all MC, low was Jamie Broce at +3)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Roberto Castro (MC. Mikko Ilonen was correct)
Last Year’s Winner (Dufner) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Top 10. He likes this event (WD)
The Master’s Winner (Bubba) Will: MC. Dude’s too flaky. (T65 at +3)
The US Open Winner (Kaymer) Will: Make the cut (MC)
The Open Champion (Rors) Will: Top 10 (Winning is Top 10…right?)
How many prior PGA Championship winners will be in the Top 10: 2 (correct: Mickelson and McIlroy)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Sergio fires another round in the 20s to take it. (not exactly)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Tiger WD, and thousands of references to Tiger/Bob May (a lot about Tiger, but it was really about Boy Wonder)
Tiger Woods will: WD. Back issues (close. lots of grimmacing and +6 MC)
Zach Johnson will: Top 10. This course sets up well for him. (T70 at +5)
Steve Stricker will: Make the cut. He just can’t get over it. (Top10, T7 at -11)
Dustin Johnson will: Share a coke with Paulina (sorry, this is just a holdover from last year’s, but it’s too funny to leave out)
Who is most likely to “Jim Furyk” it? Jim Furyk (final round 66, he did nothing of the sort. Stenson, Fowler, and Mickelson all bogeyed, so any of them I guess)

LG:
Winner: Sergio Garcia (First time in the history of the PF that JK and I pick the same player not named Tiger to win) (still no)
Winning Score: -14 (close…-16)
Runner Up: Rory McIlroy (close….he won. Two years in a row for LG)
Low PGA Professional: Stuart Deane (no, see above)
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Daniel Summerhays (t33 at -4)
Last Year’s Winner (Dufner) Will … (Win, Top10, Make the Cut, or Miss the Cut): Make Cut (WD)
The Master’s Winner (Bubba) Will: Make Cut (Make Cut)
The US Open Winner (Kaymer) Will: Make Cut (MC)
The Open Champion (Rors) Will: Runner Up (close)
How many prior PGA Championship winners will be in the Top 10: 2 (correct)
Will someone win it, or will everyone else lose it? Sergio takes it.  Redemption. (we all wish)
What will be the biggest story of the tournament? Sergio’s first major (nope)
Tiger Woods will: Top 10 (MC +6)
Zach Johnson will: miss cut (…and hopefully throw that hideous putter into a lake) (nope)
Steve Stricker will: Make cut (Top10)
Dustin Johnson will: give no …um… thoughts… about this tournament at all. (probably)
Who is most likely to “Jim Furyk” it? No one.  Sergio’s day has come. (not exactly)