Fresh diapers at the ready, Bubba back on course

Bubba Watson still smiling
THE Bubba Watson show returns to our screens this week when the recent US Masters winner takes on a high quality PGA Tour field at the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Watson already knows how to play golf thankfully because he has been spending much of his time since his first Major win learning how to change diapers, or nappies as I believe they are called in this neck of the woods.

“I’ve actually changed diapers now,” the man from Bagdad, Florida, pointed to as a big difference in his usual pre-tournament routine. “Not that I have a count, but it’s only five I’ve changed, and they’ve been easy to change.”

Watson’s adopted one month and a bit old son is called Caleb, so hopefully that might preclude him being nicknamed Bubba.2 or Bubba Jnr or something similar once he graduates college.

Bubba will have to get his mind off the bubba and back onto the TPC Louisiana course this weekend where the likes of Luke Donald, Keegan Bradley, K.J. Choi, Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Ben Curtis, Ernie Els, Nick Watney, Steve Stricker, Webb Simpson and David Toms would respectfully love to bring his celebrations to a close.

There are nine Aussies in the field including Greg Chalmers, Geoff Ogilvy, Nathan Green, Mathew Goggin, Nick O’Hern, Stuart Appleby, John Senden, Rod Pampling and Gavin Coles.

Still seeking his maiden US PGA Tour win after his big successes in Australia last summer, Chalmers was waxing lyrical about his efforts.

“I definitely have been trying too hard on Sundays,” the 38-year-old said. “I’m not floating down the river, I’m paddling like crazy down the river and that doesn’t work in golf because if you push too hard you make a bogey and then you push to get a birdie and you make another bogey instead of just trying to hit solid shots and let things happen and evolve.”

Chalmers is currently ranked 65th in the world and is desperate to go inside 60, the automatic cut off mark for entry into the US Open to be held in San Francisco in June.

“I just want the good result so badly that I can get in my own way trying to achieve it,” he said.

2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans TV Times

The event is being telecast in Australia live on Fox Sports with the first two rounds on (AEST) Friday and Saturday from 5am to 8am and the final rounds Sunday and Monday from 3am – 4.30am and 5am – 8am.

2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Live Leaderboard

2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans Live Leaderboard
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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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