Bubba turns down long drive contest: "I'm there to play golf, not to hit it far"

Bubba Watson shys away from US PGA annual long drive competition.

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Wed, 9 Aug 2017

bubba watson turns down us pga long drive competition i'm here to play golf, not to hit it far

 

Bubba Watson turned down competing in the US PGA Championship's annual long drive competition for charity on Tuesday claiming "I'm there to play golf."

Jason Kokrak won the competition with a 321-yard bomb, made all the more impressive in rainy conditions where there was minimal roll out on the fairways, with England's Tyrrell Hatton (316 yards) in second and world number one Dustin Johnson (315 yards) in third. 

The first, second and third-place finishers all received money to go towards charities of their choice.

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But Watson, one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, declined his invite as he bids to concentrate on winning his first US PGA Championship and third career major to go alongside his brace of Green Jackets. 

"I’m not going to do it," said Watson. "I’m there to play golf, not to hit it far. I’ve got to practice. I’ve never been to the course. I don’t need to worry about a long drive on the 10th hole."

Looks like Watson was more inclined to hang out with his good buddy Justin Bieber instead...

LONG DRIVE RESULTS

Jason Kokrak — 321 yards
Tyrrell Hatton — 316 yards
Dustin Johnson — 315 yards
Nicolas Colsaerts — 314 yards
Rory McIlroy — 313 yards
Justin Thomas — 312 yards
Brooks Koepka — 311 yards
James Hahn — 309 yards
Marc Leishman — 305 yards