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Check out the car Bubba Watson is auctioning off for Birdies for the Brave

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Reigning Masters champ, Bubba Watson is making headlines not for a temper tantrum or music video, but rather for a good deed: He’s auctioning off his 1939 Cadillac LaSalle C-Hawk Custom Roadster during the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction with the proceeds to benefit Birdies for the Brave.

Here’s a link to the auction listing, and a shot of the sleek C-Hawk below.

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Watson’s car is slated to be on the block Friday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m and he’s expected to be in attendance to watch the bidding.

As mentioned, he’ll donate the proceeds of the sale to Birdies for the Brave.

Watson’s father was a Green Beret during the Vietnam War. As the golfer said in a statement, “It’s an honor to support the Green Beret Foundation and Birdies for the Brave, who do so much to give back to members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families.”

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Here’s a bit more about the charity Watson’s auction benefits:

Birdies for the Brave was originally created in 2006 by PGA TOUR player Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, to support combat-injured troops. The PGA TOUR subsequently adopted Birdies for the Brave and expanded it to include a variety of military outreach and appreciation activities during TOUR events, as well as a series of Birdies for the Brave fundraising events at TPCs and partner clubs nationwide – an effort that has raised more than $13 million for military homefront charities that directly serve wounded warriors and military families.

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  1. Nick

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:36 am

    ??????????????????????????????

  2. phil

    Jan 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I think it’s interesting how most of us here are so supporting to these guys. Guys are supportive of Phil’s complaint of taxes etc. These guys are not individuals but corporations that handle their money
    and advise them how to distribute their money in the most advantage way to avoid TAXES. If you think these guys are really philanthropic then you are failing to realize the difference between us “golfers”. I give my stuff to Goodwill. How about you ?

    • Nice

      Jan 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Exactly. It’s not what you do when people are looking its what you do when they aren’t. I know a lot of good is done behind the scenes but of course Blubba’s so called gift to charity is front and center.

  3. Curtis

    Jan 10, 2015 at 11:58 am

    What a gift to a great cause. You the man BUBBA.

  4. Really?

    Jan 10, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Way to go guys. Good job turning a great gesture into a hate filled series of comments. Bubba is helping a great cause to support the men and women that serve and protect this country. When was the last time you donated 6 figures in a year to a charity? Stop looking at a few incidents that Bubba has had, have you ever got upset on a golf course? Ya, thought so. Just Google “Bubba Watson Charity” and tell me the last time you have done that much for charity. Calm down guys. Plus it is a sweet car.

    • Yup

      Jan 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      I applaud his gesture but I question his sincerity. My home course hosted a tour event two years ago and after a practice round I witnessed something that summed up my suspicions. I watched Bubba just absolutely undress a waiter that got his lunch order wrong in front of about fifty people in our grill room. He’s a verifiable DB and I would bet my house on the fact that he wouldn’t give that amount to charity if he weren’t getting a hefty tax savings.

  5. Bruce

    Jan 10, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Note from Bubba’s CPA: Hay Bub if you are going to keep winning tournaments your gonna have to start dumping some stuff for charity. Something high dollar you’ll never use. Auction should bring in more than book value.

  6. Bobsyouruncle

    Jan 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Nothing more than his marketing team hard at work to revamp his image after a series of d**chebag incidents this past year that went viral.

  7. JOEL GOODMAN

    Jan 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    WHY DO THESE NOTHING EVER ACCOMPLISHED JERKS FEEL THE NEED TO SLAM A NICE GUY THAT HAS DONE WELL AND SHARES HIS SUCCESS?

  8. sixty7

    Jan 9, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Bubba is annoying but at least he’s doing something worthwhile for once.

  9. FES

    Jan 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Nobody likes bubba!

    • Golfraven

      Jan 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Tell this to that guy who tattooed Bubba on his leg – with driver, think it was the G20.

  10. Jafar

    Jan 9, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Cars were beautiful pieces of art back then. They just look like eggs now.

  11. JEFF

    Jan 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Oh look at me look at me, I am rich….. what a dosh!

    • Mike

      Jan 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      Exactly what is a “dosh” Jeff? Are you going to pony up and make a substantial donation?

  12. Jay

    Jan 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Wow. Beautiful car. Throw in Holly Saunders in the passenger seat and I’m in!

    • Larry pheltersnatch

      Jan 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Hussy sonders has possibly more body work than that car

  13. Tom Bowles

    Jan 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Dang, just as I was about to believe the chorus that Bubba is all evil and stuff, he goes and helps the troops. I’m so confused now…

    • Dpavs

      Jan 9, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      I don’t think anyone said he was a total dou***, he has great moments of generosity and has shown a charitable spirit. He probably does a lot of stuff right. I think the big turn off is he tends to come off as an overbearing ego maniac and that is what turns people off. If his team wants to improve his image… a great big slice of humble pie might help.

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U.S. Open Tour Truck Report: #7woodSZN, mini drivers, fresh grooves, and tinkering

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A nearly 7,700-yard, par-71 track featuring penal rough off the fairway and green, Torrey Pines’ South Course presents a difficult, demanding examination for players at this week’s U.S. Open. From every television, computer, and mobile device screen this truth is being conveyed to the point that, as is often the case in the leadup to U.S. Opens, a certain fatigue sets in.

However, it’s worth pointing to the obvious in order to highlight the fact that some players are making changes to their setups to accommodate the long approaches into par-4s and the need to maximize descent angle into — what are expected to be — thoroughly baked out greens.

Additionally, we’re hearing a ton of players are putting 7-woods in play primarily for the purpose of advancing the ball from the rough — not exactly “a get out of jail free” card, but hopefully a key to slip out of one’s cell.

Let’s get into the specifics.

Titleist

Jordan Spieth is testing a 21-degree TSi2 fairway wood, which is a game-time decision to add to the lineup in place of his 818 H2 hybrid.

Both Lanto Griffin and Matt Jones are adding TSi2 (21-degree) fairway woods in place of their utility irons.

Adam Scott is going with four woods this week. He’s adding a 13.5-degree TSi2 fairway wood. The Australian is also putting a Vokey 60A wedge in play (switching from a 60-06K). With four degrees of bounce, the wedge works well on tight lies.

Titleist Tour Rep J.J. Van Wezenbeeck: “The rough is really, really difficult this week. And the greens are starting to firm up. So we have a lot of players evaluating TSi fairway wood options. The TSi 21-degree 7-wood has been very popular. Players are really liking what it does out of the rough and then into the greens – really high launch angle and landing very softly has been really effective.”

Max Homa put a new Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5, which is a similar profile to the 11.5 model he played earlier in the year. Homa likes the feel, forgiveness, and ease of alignment in the smaller profile.

Vokey

Not surprisingly, the majority of players asking for fresh grooves this week.

Vokey Tour Rep Aaron Dill on wedges this week: “This golf course is a beast. As you would imagine, rough is long and thick, but it’s a really cool different style of golf course where you’ve got a couple different types of grasses and just the way they put it together, it makes it extremely challenging. Because of this rough, because of the fairways, because of the greens, you would think that you’d want a little bit more bounce because of just how juicy and thick and healthy this rough is. But the reality is the more bounce you get, the slower it moves through that tall grass.”

“And so we see a lot of guys gravitate to something with less bounce: T grinds, A Grinds, L Grinds, Low-bounce K’s. Adam Scott switched to a 60A this week. He dabbled a little bit with it at Augusta National this year, but this is that week where it really fits the conditions. He wants that speed. He wants that comfort. He wants to be aggressive, so it’s great fit for him. Guys like Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth are bringing in fresh 60’s this week. So these guys are prepared. They’re ready to go. But again, very difficult golf course. You’ve got to have fresh grooves and you’ve got to have a little bit less bounced to maneuver through this tall grass.”

(Photo via Titleist)

Callaway

Phil Mickelson was spotted with a TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver (Fujikura Ventus Black shaft) in practice rounds. He’s also reportedly testing a 5-wood with a Fujikura Ventus Red 9 X shaft.

Akshay Bhatia is testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft in an Epic Max LS driver.

Patrick Rodgers is testing a Callaway Epic Speed 7-wood (Graphite Design Tour AD DI 9 TX).

Henrik Stenson has new Jaws MD5 Slate wedges in the bag (52-10S, 58-08C).

(Photo via Callaway’s Johnny Wunder)

TaylorMade

Dustin Johnson looks to be returning to a TaylorMade TP Bandon putter (now outfitted with an LA Golf shaft) after rolling it with his Spider IB Limited at the Palmetto Championship. He’s sticking with the prototype LA Golf shaft in his driver, which makes sense, considering he now owns part of the company.

Ping

Reportedly “half of the tour staff” are putting 7-woods in play, according to our source at Ping. Bubba Watson and Mackenzie Hughes included.

Watson’s 7-wood specs: Ping G425 Max (23.5 degrees). 40.5-inch Fujikura Black 9 X shaft in custom pink (tipped 2 inches, D2+).

Cole Hammer is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD HD 7 TX shaft in his driver.

Others, free agents

Hideki Matsuyama is testing a Graphite Design Tour AD UB 9 X shaft in a SIM2 Max 3-wood.

Rikuya Hoshino is testing Graphite Design Tour AD UB 9 X in a Srixon ZX5 driver.

Shane Lowry has a new Cleveland RTX Full-Face 58-degree wedge in play.

Zack Sucher is putting a 16-degree Srixon ZX hybrid in play.

The king of stout shafts, Jhonny Vegas is testing a Fujikura Ventus Black 100 X shaft in his 5-wood.

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Photos from the 2021 Palmetto Championship at Congaree

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GolfWRX is live from Congaree Golf Club for the Palmetto Championship. This one-time replacement for the RBC Canadian Open is the third PGA Tour event contested in South Carolina this season.

Palmetto State native Dustin Johnson headlines the field (and has been doing plenty of putter testing). Brooks Koepka and Jason Dufner will be teeing it up as well. John Pak and Davis Thompson will both be making their professional debuts.

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John Pak, college golf’s top player, signs with TaylorMade

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report.

With a buddy on the bag and fresh off receiving the Jack Nicklaus Award in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, celebrated amateur and Florida State standout John Pak is making his professional debut at this week’s Palmetto Championship at Congaree — and he’ll do so as a TaylorMade staffer, the company announced today.

College golf’s top player, Pak has played TaylorMade gear and a Titleist ball since his amateur days. And as we found out from Ryan Ressa, TaylorMade’s player development manager, who has worked with Pak since he was in his early teens, it’s not surprising Pak will continue with the same bag setup and ball combination as he joins the professional ranks.

The Scotch Plains, New Jersey, native is an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of guy when it comes to his equipment, which is a trait Ressa sees among many of the game’s best. (Another TaylorMade staffer Tiger Woods, for one, comes to mind).

Ressa and TaylorMade have had a relationship with Pak for nearly a decade, and it’s Ressa’s job to not only make sure Pak is in the right equipment for his game but is also navigating the matrix of amateur competitions, college, and the decision to turn pro successfully.

According to Ressa, Pak, and other junior standouts, need new equipment, or at least a fitting, roughly every six months as their bodies and swings change.

Even so, while he’s transitioned into new fairway wood models as they’ve become available, the DNA of Pak’s bag has stayed largely the same.

“Jon is a very simple guy when it comes to equipment, and he doesn’t do a lot of tinkering outside of driver shafts,” Ressa said. “Deep down, he’s a great competitor. He just loves to compete and is focused on getting the ball in the hole. He’s stayed really, really consistent with the look of his irons, the loft of his wedges, and his bag setup. He’s been easy to work with and only needs one or two visits per year to get squared away.”

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