Many PGA Tour fans will be watching Bubba Watson at the Memorial Tournament, which runs from Thursday, May 31, 2012 to Sunday, June 3, 2012. As a favorite of many, fans and the media will be hoping Bubba Watson wins the Memorial Tournament. Bubba Watson, himself, might have a very different goal for this 2012 PGA event, however. For Bubba Watson, the Memorial Tournament is practice.
Bubba Watson: Memorial Tournament Fan Favorite
As Bubba Watson returns to the links, after taking over a month off, he will undoubtedly be a favorite of many fans to win the Memorial Tournament. Bubba Watson has, after all, finished in the top 10 in nearly half of his appearances this year on the 2012 PGA Tour. The most notable finish was his win at the Masters. Through his great performance and charismatic character, he has captured the hearts of many fans.
Goals for Bubba Watson at the Memorial Tournament
To think Bubba Watson will win the Memorial Tournament is unrealistic. Of course, he wants to win the event, and he might even have a long shot at winning it. Nevertheless, the primary goal Bubba Watson has for the Memorial Tournament is not a victory, but practice.
As everyone knows, Watson has taken more than a month off from the 2012 PGA Tour. He certainly was practicing his swing, while also spending time with his new son. However, practice cannot simulate an actual 2012 PGA event, no matter how hard one tries.
The Memorial Tournament is Bubba Watson's Practice
Bubba Watson has entered the Memorial Tournament, because he wants a practice event before the U.S. Open. The Memorial Tournament is just two weeks before the U.S. Open, which is enough time for Watson to work out any kinks that might have set in during his month vacation. The Memorial Tournament is at the Murfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio and runs from Thursday, May 31, 2012 to Sunday June 3, 2012. The U.S. Open begins on June 14, 2012.
Bubba Watson is approaching the Memorial Tournament as any competitor would, to win it. His real focus is on the U.S. Open, though. Therefore, I would consider any performance by Bubba Watson at the Memorial Tournament a victory. No matter where he finishes, the Memorial Tournament will serve its purpose for Bubba Watson: It will help him prepare for the U.S. Open.
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