by Jeff Babineau

If you haven’t seen Bubba Watson playing much golf this fall, it’s because you’ve been looking for him on the wrong style of course. He’s been playing disc golf, lots of it, back at home in the Florida Panhandle.

“You’re outside, you’re walking, you’re in the woods,” Watson said at the Hero World Challenge (scores) in the Bahamas, where he tied for 12th Sunday in his first competitive appearance since the Ryder Cup. (He also will play this week’s QBE Shootout in Naples, Fla., where he’ll team with Harold Varner III.) “It’s easy. My 6-year-old boy can go out there and play. Come to a [real] golf course and he can’t really play. It’s too hard for him. He’s trying to figure it out. He sees Dad doing it, and he’s trying to figure it out. But he can easily throw one.”


Caddies need to adhere to their creed
The way I work around Morning Read and coffee each morning is lead article (sip, sip) and then the “inbox” (sip, sip, sip, sip). When those two are thoroughly perused, I read all the rest.

Like most readers have certainly noticed, pace of play is receiving top billing in the “inbox,” and for good reason. There are so many negatives resulting from the slow pace of play in professional golf that I won't even bother to go into them here. We all know what they are.


Died: George H.W. Bush, the former U.S. president and a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, on Friday night at his home in Houston. He was 94 and had suffered in recent years from Parkinson’s disease. Bush, a World War II Navy pilot whose lifetime of public service was capped by his 1989-93 term as the nation’s 41st president, enjoyed a lifelong association with golf.



Number of appearances in the Hero World Challenge for Jon Rahm, who posted a four-stroke victory Sunday in Nassau, Bahamas. Rahm, 24, of Spain, closed with a 7-under 65 for a 20-under 268 total at Albany Golf Club.



Hawk & Rude: Blasts on the past
In Hawk & Rude, a podcast featuring veteran golf journalists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude, golf historian Martin Davis joins the hosts and drops a couple of opinionated bombshells that you might not believe.

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Co-hosts Bob Bubka and Jay Randolph Jr. review the recent Phil Mickelson-Tiger Woods match, and Morning Read’s Alex Miceli discusses the made-for-TV showdown. The feature interview is with Barney Adams, who talks about his latest invention, the Stability Shaft for putters.


Sea Pines Resort introduced a Seasonal Spectacular package that offers visitors to Hilton Head Island, S.C., options within the resort’s golf and dining scenes. The package includes accommodations at the Inn & Club at Harbour Town and options that emphasize the golf and dining options at the resort. Prices start at $299 and are good through Feb. 28, with blackout dates of Dec. 23-31.


December 6-9
European: South African Open

Randpark GC, Johannesburg, South Africa Tour Qualifying Final Stage

Whirlwind GC (Cattail and Devil's Claw), Chandler, Ariz.

December 7-9
PGA Tour exhibition: QBE Shootout

Tiburon GC, Naples, Fla.

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