Bubba Watson's greatest recovery shot, and one of the greatest escapes from trouble in the history of the game, is his shot from the pine needles during the 2012 Masters. Here, he checks out his lie before crafting a shot.
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Surrounded by Masters patrons to the right of the 10th fairway at Augusta National, Bubba rips a gap wedge from the pine needles during his playoff with Louis Oosthuizen.
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Bubba and his caddie, Ted Scott, watch the flight of the ball toward the 10th green. Watson hit a 52-degree gap wedge, hooking it nearly 45 yards to 15 feet. Here's Top 100 Teacher Scott Munroe on how you can play an escape from the pine needles like Bubba.
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Two putts later, Bubba Watson was helped into the green jacket by Charl Schwartzel. It was Bubba's first major victory.
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2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions
Bubba made one of the best eagles in the history of the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in 2011. The par-5 18th hole is 663 yards from the back tee. Bubba crushed a 348-yard drive, which left him 315 yards, downhill, to the green. Bubba Golf says to go for it. He did, ripping a driver off the deck to 10 feet and then making the putt for the eagle. Here's Top 100 Teacher Scott Munroe on how you can hit it Bubba Long.
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2011 Open Championship
Bubba Watson escapes from the rough at Royal St. George's during the second day of the 2011 Open Championship. He finished tied for 30th in the major, his second-best finish at the Open.
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2007 U.S. Open
Bubba Watson takes a Bubba-sized divot while hitting from the rough at the 2007 U.S. Open. He shot 70-71-74-74 and finished tied for fifth, four shots behind winner Angel Cabrera. It was Bubba's best finish to date in a major.
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2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Bubba showed off his shot-making skills during a playoff at the 2011 Zurich Classic outside New Orleans. Watson made birdie on the par-5 18th hole to win the tournament, thanks to an approach from a fairway bunker more than 200 yards out. Bubba hit an iron to the front of the green and two-putted for the victory over Webb Simpson. It was his second victory of the 2011 season.
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