LAUREUS GOLF LEGEND GARY PLAYER IMPRESSED BY ‘RAW POWER’ OF BUBBA WATSON IN MASTERS
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, April 9, 2012 - Laureus World Sports Academy Member and golf legend Gary Player has congratulated American Bubba Watson on his Masters victory at Augusta, in an article he has written for the Laureus website.
South African Player, one of only five men to win golf’s Grand Slam of the four Major Championships and a three-times Masters winner, says: “Though I believe we have gone too far with new technology and the distances the tournament pro’s are hitting the ball today, you had to be impressed by the raw athletic power of Bubba Watson.
“The highlights were the run of four birdies in a row from the 13th which moved him to the top of the leaderboard and his second shot from the trees on the second play-off hole, where he had to move the ball about 30 yards in the air. That showed you something about his skill and his nerve when the pressure was on. That is the true hallmark of a champion,” he added.
Player also says Phil Mickelson’s triple bogey six at the 4th hole turned the championship on its head. “Phil was many people’s favourite and while he didn’t win a fourth green jacket I was very impressed with the way he accepted his fate, kept a positive attitude and fought his way back up the leaderboard,” added Player.
This year at the Laureus World Sports Awards there were two winners from golf - Darren Clarke, last year’s British Open Championship winner, and Rory McIlory, after his US Open win. Now Player says: “Bubba has made himself a contender now for the next Awards, so we will be watching his progress for the rest of the year with interest.”
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