Bubba Watson & Paul CaseyThis week saw two superb golfers take victory on the European and PGA Tours. Paul Casey, who hails from the mature Burhill Golf Club in Surrey and Bubba Watson of Bagdad, Florida, are two golfers who keep the crowd on their toes with birdies, bogies and a prowess of long-driving which would give Eddie Stobart a run for his money.

Despite Casey’s initial misgivings about the course, which had been designed by Colin Montgomerie, his focus remained that he wished to add to his already bountiful hoard of European Tour trophies “Strange things will happen, but somebody will win and I want my 11th European tour victory. I think everybody knows Monty’s going to get it in the neck this week…”

Whether or not Monty got it in the neck remains to be confirmed, the course itself looked stunning even if the angles on TV did mean it struggled to comprehend the undulations on the greens which are rumoured to have drawn inspiration from the Alps and many other mountains that Monty hasn’t climbed.

Bubba’s victory which included a final round 67 for a -16 total at Torrey Pines will undoubtedly cement his position amongst the hungry breed of American golfers which play the game with swagger and style. With 2010 US Masters champion Phil Mickelson breathing down his neck, Watson was able to hold off the California resident with a tricky 10 ft putt on 17 and a great up and down on 18 to secure his one-shot victory. With the great Bobby Jones quoted as saying “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course…the space between your ears”, perhaps Bubba is atypical of a champion golfer with his post-victory thoughts “I’ve got to keep my head down because I tend to wander around. My mind, I’m looking at people flying around in kites. I’m looking at how beautiful the water is. I’m scared of heights, so I’m looking at the cliffs. So I’m looking at stuff I shouldn’t be looking at while I’m trying to play golf.”

With such early form being shown in the year it seems only just that we look into our golfing crystal ball (presumably a Dunlop 65 still in its wrapper) and make wild predictions as to who will contest for golf’s four major Championships. Despite initial backing of Woods, Mickelson, McDowell and Westwood perhaps we should look to the form horses in Casey and Watson, the scenery at Royal St Georges isn’t quite as good Torrey Pines so maybe Bubba will be able to focus on his golf.

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