Bubba Watson hits the night lights in China

The two-time Masters champion takes in some unorthodox practice routines under floodlights in China

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The two-time Masters champion takes in some unorthodox practice routines under floodlights in China

Bubba Watson hits the night lights in China...

.. quite literally

When he was out in China to compete in the inaugural Shenzhen International tournament, Bubba Watson took in some on-course practice at the club. Nowt unusual with that - all pros tend to do it before a tournament.

But Bubba played did some of his practising at night.

Also rather than play the Neil Haworth-designed championship course at Genzon Golf Club, which was the venue for the Shenzhen International as well as last year’s Volvo China Open (opens in new tab), he headed to the other course - the B course as it is imaginatively known.

But this make sense if you are going to play at night for as Bubba explains its “the one with the lights.”

The practice was not all serious though, as a couple of videos he posted shows. In one he almost gave a new meaning to then phrase about shooting the lights out. He calls it his ringydingy shot. And why wouldn’t you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBnTUWOvKws

All this after-hours ahem practice did not do the two-time Masters champion much good in the tournament itself. He finished tied in 29th at five under in a tournament won by Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s 12-under s (opens in new tab)core.

Maybe it was just played at the wrong time of the day for Bubba?

Roderick Easdale

Contributing Writer Golf courses and travel are Roderick’s particular interests and he was contributing editor for the first few years of the Golf Monthly Travel Supplement. He writes travel articles and general features for the magazine, travel supplement and website. He also compiles the magazine's crossword. He is a member of Trevose Golf & Country Club and has played golf in around two dozen countries. Cricket is his other main sporting love. He is the author of five books, four of which are still in print: The Novel Life of PG Wodehouse; The Don: Beyond Boundaries; Wally Hammond: Gentleman & Player and England’s Greatest Post-War All Rounder.