The idea of Bubba Watson contending in America’s national golf championship seems about as probable as, well, Richard Bland and Russell Henley sharing the top spot.
And so here we are: Bubba Watson shot a second-round 67 and was among the top-10 leaders at the U.S. Open after 36 holes.
The 42-year old Watson, who’s produced a single top-10 finish at the U.S. Open (2007), credited being oblivious to his surroundings for his unusual peak form at the annual USGA major.
“I really didn’t know what I was doing,” said Watson. “I was just kind of in the flow playing with two great guys, shooting the breeze, making fun of them and stuff.
“So it really took me out of my element. I didn’t know what they were shooting. They didn’t know what I was doing.”
Watson, who was paired with fellow Masters champions Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, finished with seven birdies, highlighted by five over his final six holes to reach 3-under par.
“I am nervous over every shot, okay?” said Watson. “Told a guy out there … he said, ‘Man, great putt. You make everything.’ I said, ‘I’m trying to lag it, man, but they keep falling in.’
“I don’t know what’s going on. I’m so nervous.”
Asked about a potential victory, Watson compared his chances to winning the Lotto.
“Gosh, the U.S. Open … I curve the ball too much, I don’t putt as good as I should, heavy rough,” said Watson.
“But this is the kind of golf course where I can get lucky and do it. But I could win the Lotto, too. I’ve never bought a Lotto ticket. I guess it would be like that, like winning the Lotto.
He added, “I’m looking forward to it, though. Whatever position I’m in, I made the cut, so that’s a bonus for me. A golf course that I’ve been successful around a few times, top 10 a few times, so looking forward to the challenge.