Florida’s Bubba Watson, the other “Lefty,”
and a notorious Tweeter, semi-famously
signs off on various social networks with
these words: “You’re Welcome.”
Sunday, next to the Pacific, the long-
hitting and stylish Watson politely
bludgeoned the competition – none of whom
had even thought to say “Thank You” – to
win the Farmers Insurance Open at photo-
genic Torrey Pines.
Watson birdied the 72nd hole to secure
his second victory in America over a com-
pelling field and cap just the kind of exciting
week the PGA Tour sorely needed.
On the other side of the world, English-
man Paul Casey, who
Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup team last fall,
make enough important putts in
Bahrain to capture the Volvo Golf
Champions, on a controversial course de-
signed by Montgomerie.
Meanwhile, back in the U.S.A., Phil
Mickelson, golf’s “First Lefty,” needed an
eagle at the last to force a playoff. His sec-
ond shot lay-up on the final hole, a par 5,
prompted more than a little head scratch-
ing. His resulting birdie left him one back.
Venezuelan rookie sensation Jhonattan
Vegas, a.k.a. “Jhonny Vegas,” was looking
to double down after a breakout at the Bob
Hope one week earlier. Alas dream weav-
ers, he tied for third.
Tiger Woods (remember him?) thank-
lessly slid to an unwelcomed tie for 44th in
his 2011 debut at a venue he used to own.
Woods’ new swing is nowhere close yet
to holding up under pressure against the
world’s best. He remains a puzzle wrapped
in an enigma shrouded in his own history.
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