These are good days for Bubba Watson. He's the defending Masters champion, a memory that still brings tears to his eyes. There's talk of placing a plaque at the location of his famous playoff shot last year. He's getting to pick the menu (dubiously, but still) for his fellow champions. And on Wednesday, he carded a slick little ace at the par-3 16th hole.
Sadly for Bubba's chances at a repeat, the ace came during a practice round and not during actual gameplay. But, Bubba being Bubba, he still tweeted out the ball and club (a nine-iron) after the round.
"He hit it to about 3 feet, but you couldn't see it from the tee," Watson's caddie, Ted Scott, told ESPN.com. "Thought this might have a chance."
Though this ace no more counts than, say, Martin Kaymer's skip-shot ace off the water, it's still a nice little career notch. Watson says he's made three in his career.
There have been 15 aces made during tournament play at the 16th, part of the 23 total made across the entire course. What clubs were used for those aces? Let our Shane Bacon tell you:
Clubs for the 23 aces in Masters history - 1 2-iron, 3 4-irons, 4 5-irons, 5 6-irons, 5 7-irons, 3 8-irons, 1 mashie niblick, 1 spade mashie
— Shane Bacon (@shanebacon) April 9, 2013
Such a shame that "mashie niblick" has gone out of style.
Anyway, Watson begins his defense of his title at 10:30 Thursday morning alongside Ian Poulter and U.S. Amateur champ Steve Fox. We'll see if the mojo rolls on.