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Bubba Watson Graces the Tonight Show

2012′ Masters winner and Ryder Cup team member Bubba Watson was the featured guest on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” last Monday night. Having been a guest for several different talk shows, Watson coolly and cheerfully went along with the discussion about some topics thrown by Leno: from Ryder Cup, his fears, Twitter then Justin Bieber.

Watson shared that the Ryder Cup was a match play team event competed by the American and European golfers. Twelve professional golfers compose each team, competing against the other in front of more than 60,000 audiences and fans, vying not for any amount of money but for a chic but prestigious trophy.

Known by the public to be an emotional person, Watson admitted crying after losing the game. He said, “We tried to win… Europe decided to play good that day. They played great… They beat us.” When asked what the last movie that made him cry was, Leno laughed out loud when Watson said, “The Expendables 2!”

Leno revealed that Watson’s biggest fears are: crowd, heights and the dark. Watson, however, said that he loves the show’s audience and he is not afraid to admit his fears.

Showing off a video of Watson performing a practice shot using a watermelon, Leno simulated the same using bell pepper, pineapple, pumpkin pie and a cake. The golfer, wearing safety goggles, took his personal pink driver then smashed the full-sized cake decorated with Leno’s face. What a hilarious sight!

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Similarities between Golf’s Tiger and Rory

The American Tiger Woods is with no doubt a living legend in the golf world. He did a remarkable history winning four-straight majors between the US Open and the Masters, in 2000 and 2001, respectively. With all due respect, Tiger Woods is Tiger Woods. There can only be one Tiger Woods in the world of golf.

But, since the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy seems to be moving with a similar direction as what Tiger took, we cannot negate the comparisons going on between the two. Here are some notable similarities between their experiences:

Both golfers experienced dominant major championship victories. That is, Tiger won the 1997 Masters while Rory in the 2011 US Open. These are considered trial periods and were described as adjustment phases since Tiger won only once in the 1998 season while Rory missed four out of five cuts.

The two players came out from their respective experiences with very astonishing victories. Tiger held off Sergio Garcia in the 1999 PGA at Medinah while McIlroy finished up leading by eight shots at Kiawah Island.

Both Tiger and Rory made their stances even stronger by bagging their follow up wins for second majors. Tiger won the tournament which is now called the Bridgestone Invitational just two weeks after his first one followed by another four consecutive wins at different tournaments in the same season, and immediately another two victories for the succeeding season. McIlroy, on the other hand, did a back-to-back to win at the Deutche Bank and BMW after his US Open victory, locking up in his record the honor of being the Player of the Year.

Aren’t these two golfers interesting? Yes, Tiger and Rory definitely are. Let us just all wait and see what these two have in the near future.

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David Lynn Dreamt of the Masters

Finishing a runner up is not bad for David Lynn who has never competed in a major tournament in the United States until just recently and has had one Open Championship in the history of his professional golf career.

Yet with this record, Lynn stood in second place to Rory McIlroy at the USPGA Championship. The win gave him earnings of more than £557,000 which is a triple amount of the biggest he ever had in 16 years of playing golf professionally. He also got a chance to compete in Augusta before going back to PGA next year. He now ranks 13th from being in the 28th place in the Ryder Cup standings. The experience could be an overwhelming one for Lynn even though he finished eight strokes behind McIlroy. Lynn gave birdie shots at the 16th and 17th holes which made him one stroke ahead of competitors Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, as well as Keegan Bradley and Carl Pettersson.

He shared, “The Masters is just a dream come true, obviously – amazing.” His only previous win was at the 2004 Dutch Open. “Seeing Augusta as many times as I have, it’s like I know the place and I’ve never even been there. So actually to go and get to experience it is going to be something I’m really going to look forward to,” Lynn added.

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