2018 Ryder Cup Preview: Bubba Watson Is Boom-or-Bust at Le Golf National

Sep 25, 2018 12:00 PM EDT
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Jul 5, 2018; White Sulphur Springs, WV, USA; Bubba Watson on the 3rd tee during the first round of A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier golf tournament at The Old White TPC. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Bubba Watson’s Ryder Cup Betting Odds

  • Odds to be highest-scoring golfer: +2800
  • Odds to be highest-scoring team member: +1800
  • Point total odds: 1.5 (o +150, u -190)
  • Ryder Cup appearances: 3
  • Ryder Cup match play history: 0-3 (0.0%)
  • Ryder Cup foursome history: 0-2 (0.0%)
  • Ryder Cup fourball history: 3-3 (50.0%)

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Bubba Watson’s Ryder Cup Outlook

Best asset: Bombs and birds. Bubba is going to grip it and rip it and hopefully make a few birdies for the U.S. On this course, he could have some success in the fourball format, where he can just focus on making a few low scores and wipe the bad holes out of his mind immediately.

Worst asset: Everything else. Bubba has never won a singles match, and he’s never won an alternate shot match. Zero points in five tries.

There might be a little buzz on Bubba because he won the PGA’s match play event in March, but I don’t see that carrying over.

Ryder Cup Confidence Rating: 2 out of 10. The U.S. is going to have to hide Watson. Throw him out there in a fourball with Webb Simpson early and see how it goes. It they can get a result, send them back out. If not, then we won’t see Bubba again until singles play.


Expert Predictions: Over/Under 1.5 Points

Sobel: Under
Perry: Under
Mears: Under


Bubba Watson’s Metrics

Here’s how Watson ranks in the Ryder Cup field in several key metrics.

  • Strokes Gained: Total: 51st in world, 22nd in field
  • Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green: 43rd in world, 19th in field
  • Strokes Gained: Approach: 111st in world, 22nd in field
  • Strokes Gained: Putting: 108th in world, 17th in field

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