Bubba’s 18th Hole 4-Putt Cost Him Nearly $130k

Every Sunday on the PGA Tour, big time money is changing hands at a rapid pace. However, it’s the unusual circumstances with those near the top of the leaderboard that can result in monster swings in income that steal our attention.

Just last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, we saw how the Monday finish impacted the take-home of Paul Casey and Scott Stallings to the tune of over $300,000 — Casey’s 72nd hole birdie moved him out of a two-way tie for second, which resulted in him making $820,800 and Stallings falling into solo third-place, which paid $516,800.

And that’s not to mention the $50,000 three-putt Scott Piercy had on the 72nd hole on Sunday evening.

Of course, we’re nitpicking the weekly pay of millionaires, but these fast-paced changes, all over a stroke or two of the putter, are incredible. This week at the Genesis Open, we had another amazing money swing.

Bubba Watson, the three-time winner of the event, was having a solid week, albeit not contending. Coming up to the 72nd green, Watson was at 8-under par and inside the top-10 with 46 feet standing between him and a par. Instead, Watson would go on to 4-putt the hole to shoot 2-over par 73. 

So, what did that 4-putt cost Bubba? $129,845.

Watson needed two putts to finish in a three-way tie for eighth place, which would have earned him $230,633. Instead, two strokes worse dropped him into a 10-way tie for 15th, which earned $100,788.

When we’re talking about someone like Bubba Watson, there’s little to feel sorry for considering the two-time Masters champion has made nearly $43 million in on-the-course earnings alone.

His caddie, Ted Scott, took to Twitter on Monday to reinforce some perspective to the money lost on the 72nd green.

Yes, it’s good to be Bubba Watson and Ted Scott. It also helps that the pair is in Mexico City this week for the no-cut, guaranteed-$48,000-for-last-place WGC-Mexico Championship. 

It’s good work if you can get it.