Bubba Watson is getting it going.
Watson shot his best round on the PGA Tour in 28 months when he posted a 63 in the second round of the Zozo Championship on Friday.
He did shoot a 62 to open the QBE Shootout last December but that’s not an official PGA Tour event. The last time he shot a 63 on Tour was in the second and final rounds of the 2018 Travelers, also the last time he won Tour.
More than that, Watson said he was just having fun on Friday at Sherwood Country Club when he played with Cameron Champ and Dylan Frittelli for a second day in a row.
“On 16, I made fun of them,” Watson said after his round. “They all hit woods in there and I hit 3-iron in there and made eagle. So I said, ‘Hey, this old guy’s still got it, so just remember that.’ So we had a fun day and it was good golf for everybody.”
Patrick Reed and Talor Gooch also shot 63s on Friday, so the course could be had.
Late in the day Richy Werenski outdid them all, posting a course-record 61.
Watson hit all 18 greens on Friday, leading to eight birdies and an eagle. His only bogey came on the 9th green when he three-putted. He had just 29 putts in all. Maybe his new driver is helping, too. The two-time Masters champion put a customized pink and black G425 LST driver in his bag last week Shadow Creek, with the word “BUBBA” in pink across the crown, and he’s using it again at Sherwood.
But mostly, he’s just having fun.
“When I’m joking around with guys and shooting the breeze, it makes it easier for me, just makes me just not really think about much and just poking fun at people and just having a blast out there,” Watson said. “You know, a lot of times we get stiff out there, especially if – there’s certain guys that just don’t talk much, and so when you have guys that you can joke around with and shoot the breeze with, it loosens me up.”
Watson, who’s from Florida and played at the University of Georgia, seems to really get a charge out of being in Southern California.
“When I come to L.A. I just love it, hanging out with all the guys I know from here, people from Warner Brothers, some celebrities here and there, and then the all-popular Judah Smith and Ryan Good and Jason Kennedy. Judah Smith started a church here so I was part of that a little bit. So we had Bible study the other day.
“It’s just shooting the breeze with guys that I really look up to and learn from when it comes from the mental side of a so-called being a celebrity and how to deal with life that way. It just makes L.A. . … brings the best out in me because I got to shoot the breeze with guys that I look up to and want to learn from.”