Waste Management Phoenix Open. Bubba Blunders, Stadler Soars. February 02 2014
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Kevin got his first career win on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, at TPC Scottsdale, joining his father Craig as a winner on the PGA TOUR. Kevin shot a final round -3 under par 68 for his winning total of -16 under par.
Kevin and Craig are the ninth father-son combination to win on TOUR, and the thought had crossed Kevin's mind. He now has an invitation to the Masters, where he will get to play alongside Craig, who won the tournament in 1982.;
“That was in the forefront of my mind when I was out there."
“He's obviously getting on in his career.”
Kevin joked that it was nearly too late, and it was a tough haul to get there;
“He probably would have liked it better if I had gotten there five years ago so he could call it quits then. He's been telling me for a couple of years I need to hurry up and get there before he calls it quits. It wasn't pretty, I was walking all over the shop. I hit a lot of good shots and a lot of kind of ugly shots but thankfully it all worked out. It feels fantastic, obviously I would have liked to make that putt there on 18 and win that way but it's been a long time coming, so I'll take it any way I can get it."
Bubba eventually faltered, sending his approach shot on the final hole off the back of the green en route to a bogey and a final round of even par 71 and a tournament total of -15 under par, sharing second place with Graeme DeLaet;
He admitted his mistakes;
“Misclubbed on sixteen, we thought it was downwind but obviously it wasn't. Should have hit one more club. I thought I hit a good putt but obviously I misread that too. I have to work on a couple things.”
Graeme said his practice has been paying off, a tied second place here at -15 under par proves it;
“I have been playing well for the last few months, it seems. I really feel like I worked super hard in the offseason, and it's nice to see it paying off.”
The only thing Phil Mickelson got right this week-end was the Super-Bowl prediction;
“I like the Seahawks, I think that good defense usually beats good offense, and I think that the man-to-man coverage that the Seahawks provide is going to make it difficult for that quick release of Manning.”
The hot favorites around the World let it slip this week-end, Lydia Ko second in New Zealand, Rory McIlroy failing in Dubai, and now Bubba Watson wasting ( no pun intended) an opportunity here in Scottsdale. Golf is truly a funny game.