December 31, 2011
If you've ever played with a professional golfer on his home course before, you know those guys have no problem going ridiculously low on a consistent basis. Besides having the local knowledge and game to fire at pretty much every pin they see, the lack of pressure also makes it a heck of a lot easier to just let loose and have some fun.
You'd have to think that was the case for Bubba Watson, who rewrote the Estancia Club, located in Scottsdale, Ariz., record books with a round from the gold tees -- measuring 7,314 yards -- that certainly turned some heads.
So how low did Bubba go? Try 58. I don't care if Watson was playing at his home course, going low at a track like Estancia Club, where there's trouble all over the place, is incredibly impressive.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) December 29, 2011
Even more impressive was that Watson was tweeting during his round, right up until the last putt fell. I don't know about you, but if I had a chance to shoot a sub-60 round, the last thing I'd be doing is responding to tweets on the course. It just goes to show you the difference between a pro and a really accomplished amateur; the pro has no problem blocking out the pressure during a casual round.
Watson, who already owned the course record from the gold tees, managed to best his previous record by two shots. He also holds the course record from the blue tees (62), which measure 6,696 yards, and the black tees (61) at 7,100 yards.
With the opening event of the season less than a week away, it would appear Bubba's already in mid-season form.