In a normal PGA TOUR season, Bubba Watson’s play would have got some recognition. In 2015, forget about it.
Love or hate him, Bubba Watson’s play during the 2015 season has been pretty darn good. With two PGA TOUR victories including a World Golf Championship, he had 8 out of 10 starts this year where he finished no worse than third. That equated to almost $7m in prize money, an impressive feat by anyone.
Who wouldn’t be chuffed about that kind of year, right?
“I was [happy],” Watson joked, “but Jason kept beating me.”
Enter Jason Day, the Australian that won five times during the 2015 season, including the PGA Championship. Day shot to number one in the world rankings briefly before Jordan Spieth toppled him.
Spieth has been even better than Day. During his 2015 season, the 22-year-old stole the Masters and U.S. Open crowns, as well as the FedEx Cup on route to Player of the Year honours.
Then enter Rickie Fowler, who at 26, has won three times since May and makes up the “Big Four” alongside Spieth, Day, and of course Rory McIlroy.
Watson’s 2015 PGA TOUR season has been anything but shabby. Curtis Sompton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, via Associated Press
This leaves Bubba Watson, now 36, as a forgotten man in a season which he should be otherwise proud of. Johnny Miller, the controversial NBC announcer believes that Watson still has an opportunity to compete with this millennial foursome.
“It’s hard to predict what he’s going to do, but he has the ability to beat anybody if he gets it going.”
Whatever way you want to look at the 2015 season, Bubba Watson has had a great year, only to come up second to the young blood that looks set to stay firms atop the golf pantheon.
“I played great this summer, just haven’t had the victories like they have.”