Mashup: Nantz’s 4 Words, Mexico’s 2 Invites, and One Big Cutty

Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson finally broke through on Sunday, ending a two-year win drought and one-year performance slump, capturing his third Genesis Open title.

The two-time Masters winner shot a final-day 2-under 69 to finish two shots clear of runner-ups Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay.

It was the 10th career PGA Tour win for the 39-year old Georgian.

Meanwhile, on the west coast of Florida, Joe Durant fired a 5-under 67 at The TwinEagles Club to capture his third Champions Tour title at the Chubb Classic.

Over in the Middle East, Joost Luiten shot a final-round 4-under par 68 to capture his sixth European Tour title at the inaugural NBO Oman Open.

And finally, in South Australia, rookie Jin Young Ko shot a final-round 3-under 69 to secure a wire-to-wire victory at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

With that, let’s take a look at some of the sights and scores from the weekend on the four major tours.


BUBBA AND LUITEN SECURE MEXICO INVITES

With wins at the Genesis Open and NBO Oman Open, respectively, Bubba Watson and Joost Luiten scored spots in next month’s WGC-Mexico Championship.

Watson’s win at Riviera was worth a big 62 OWGR points which moved the former top-10 regular to No. 40 (from 117) which qualifies him for the season’s second (but year’s first) World Golf Championship.

At No. 68 Luiten is 18 spots shy of qualifying via top-50 OWGR status. But the victory did move the Dutchman into the Race to Dubai’s top 10 – which is also one of the qualifications for Mexico.


AROUND THE TOURS

ISPS HANDA WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN

1 Jin Young Ko -14 ($195,000)
2 Hye Jin Choi -11
3 Hannah Green -10
4 Katherine Kirk -9
5 Marina Alex -7
5 Minjee Lee -7
7 Ariya Jutanugarn -6
7 Emma Talley -6
7 Charley Hull -6
7 Jiyai Shin -6
7 So Yeon Ryu -6
7 Sun Young Yoo -6


GENESIS OPEN

1 Bubba Watson -12 ($1,296,000)
2 Kevin Na -10
2 Tony Finau -10
4 Scott Stallings -9
4 Patrick Cantlay -9
6 Phil Mickelson -8
6 Adam Hadwin -8
6 Cameron Smith -8
9 Jordan Spieth -7
9 Justin Thomas -7
9 Xander Schauffele -7
9 Ryan Moore -7
9 Martin Laird -7


NBO OMAN OPEN

1 Joost Luiten -16 ($289,500)
2 Chris Wood -14
3 Julien Guerrier -13
4 Seung-su Han -11
4 Jorge Campillo -11
4 Alexander Levy -11
7 Fabrizio Zanotti -10
7 Robert Rock -10
9 Benjamin Hebert -9
9 Stephen Gallacher -9
9 Matthew Southgate -9


CHUBB CLASSIC

1 Joe Durant -19 ($240,000)
2 Billy Mayfair -15
2 David Toms -15
2 Tim Petrovic -15
2 Lee Janzen -15
2 Steve Stricker -15
7 Scott McCarron -14
8 John Daly -13
9 Miguel Angel Jimenez -12
10 Tom Lehman -11
10 Rocco Mediate -11
10 Kevin Sutherland -11


COMPARING STATS: DRIVING

DISTANCE – YARDS
Bubba Watson – 304.0
Joost Luiten – 296.5
Joe Durant – 279.5
Jin Young Ko – 253.1

ACCURACY – FAIRWAYS HIT
Jin Young Ko – 92.8% (52/56)
Joe Durant – 88.1% (37/42)
Joost Luiten – 82.1% (46/56)
Bubba Watson – 57.1% (32/56)


THREE STORIES

1. Longshot Pick: Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch makes the case that world No. 207 Graeme McDowell deserves a spot on Thomas Bjorn’s Ryder Cup squad.
2. Bubba Still Sells: AP’s Doug Ferguson writes that Bubba Golf remains a best seller.
3. Going Long: Geoff Shackelford blogs about planned changes to Augusta National’s 5th hole.


SOCIAL: SUCCESS BREEDS FRIENDS

Joost Luiten checks his social mentions on his phone after winning his sixth European Tour title in Oman on Sunday.

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FUNNIEST TV COMMENTARY: “THAT’S A BIG CUTTY ONE”

Chris Wood, the long-bombing Englishman, cut his tee shot a bit too much on the par-4 18th hole at Al Mouj Golf on Saturday, but got an assist from some hazards on the right. The announcer, though, is pure gold: “Oooh, that’s a big cutty one. Should be alright, I think… or is it. Mmmmaybe not. Ahh there it is.”

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BEST TV COMMENTARY: “BUBBA’S BACK!”

Bubba Watson makes a little tester of a putt to win his first title in two years, and Jim Nantz offers the perfect commentary, “Guess what? Bubba’s back!” Nantz (and Faldo) then let the video do the storytelling.

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