Victory Roundup – Bubba’s On Fire in Lead-up to Augusta as Ji wins the Kia Classic

by Maura Hutchinson

The men and ladies games are heating up as both Tours are beginning to prepare for the first major of their seasons.  Check out all the action from Austin and Carlsbad below and see which golf ball both winners trusted to get them their titles.

Match play in Texas gave us all something to cheer about as Bubba Watson picked up his second title of 2018, beating Kevin Kisner 7&6 in Sunday’s final of the WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. The 39-year-old is now only the fifth player in history to have won multiple major and WGC titles. Joining a prestigious club that includes Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy.

“It’s crazy to think about it. I’ve got two World Golf Championships and two majors,” Watson told reporters afterwards. “It’s unbelievable to think about that, giving my mom a hug. Six years old, having one golf club for a year, no lessons.”

Adding, “I can sit here and make up stories all day, but it’s absolutely remarkable that I’m able to lift a trophy like this.”

After a horrendous 2017 that saw Watson’s world ranking plummet, the American seems to have found his form after winning last month’s Genesis Open. Another win on Sunday means the golfer has well and truly found his confidence, just in time for Augusta! So will Watson be up for claiming his third Green Jacket?

“I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully I can get this focus and my putter rolling like it is,” said Watson on Sunday.

Here’s a look at Watson’s bag from Austin:

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Driver: Ping G400 LST
Fairway Woods: Ping G
Irons: Ping iBlade; Ping S55
Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0
Putter: Ping PLD

Over on the LPGA Tour South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji picked up her fourth title at the Kia Classic, with a stunning 5-under 67 on Sunday. Beating Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas by two-strokes at the Aviara Golf Club in California, Ji was near-perfection throughout the final round. Hitting 13 of 14 fairways and all 18 greens.

“I hit it pretty well,” Ji told reporters afterwards. Adding, “I drove the ball very well and putted great.”

The 31-year-old really seems to be hitting her stride. Having won her first LPGA title back in 2008, Ji went on to win her first major the following year at the U.S. Women’s Open. But it would be another eight years before Ji would find herself in the winner’s circle again at last year’s Swinging Skirts Taiwan. With her victory on Sunday, Ji has her second win in just eight starts and is now a firm favourite as we head towards the ANA Inspirtation later this week.

So what golf ball does Ji trust to win??? Just like Watson it’s got to be the Titleist ProV1x.