PGA Champion Bubba Watson Has the Ultimate Hollywood Week Before Winning Genesis Open


Professional golfer Bubba Watson just had himself the ultimate trip to Los Angeles.
Not only did he win the Genesis Open leg of the PGA tour on Sunday, but he basically ticked off every item on the dream L.A. vacation bucket list.
His latest PGA victory is the third time in five years that the two-time Masters champion has won at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, beating out Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and tournament host Tiger Woods, who didn’t even make the cut.
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But aside from his golf success, lets take a look at everything else Watson did this Presidents Day weekend.
The Florida native who lives in Pensacola started his epic week off filming an episode of “Leno’s Garage,” sharing his car obsession with former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno. Watson is the proud owner of the General Lee car from “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and part owner of a Chevrolet dealership in Florida.

‪Checking out cars and filming at @LenosGarage today ???? …which one should I ask to drive?? ‬
A post shared by Bubba Watson (@bubbawatson) on Feb 12, 2018 at 10:07am PST

Watson then actually played some golf — because that’s what he’s paid for — at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank.

Great group today at Lakeside Golf Club! #BigHitters
A post shared by Bubba Watson (@bubbawatson) on Feb 13, 2018 at 4:18pm PST

But all work and no play makes Bubba a dull boy, so he took a break from the golf course to head to the Warner Brothers lot to “see a friend of mine, Ellen [DeGeneres]” and watch a taping of “The Big Bang Theory.”

‪It was awesome seeing one of the most talented people I know today! @TheEllenShow #ILoveEllen‬
A post shared by Bubba Watson (@bubbawatson) on Feb 13, 2018 at 6:45pm PST

“When you come here, it’s Hollywood. I mean, do stuff, you know? Let’s have some fun and enjoy life, so it’s been good,” Watson said of his adventures, according to the Ventura Star.
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Then it was back to the greens, at the Riviera this time to kick off the Genesis Open, but he was sure to get an “early start” on Friday so he could dash downtown to play in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game that night.

Early start @genesisopen so I can make it to the @nbaallstar Celebrity game this afternoon!
A post shared by Bubba Watson (@bubbawatson) on Feb 16, 2018 at 7:32am PST

Yep, after competing in a PGA tournament, Watson hit hoops with Justin Bieber, Paul Pierce, Common and Jamie Foxx.
As we know from experience, just battling the traffic to get from Pacific Palisades to L.A. Live downtown is a major accomplishment, never mind throwing on a jersey and getting out on the court with former professional players. At least Watson, who was on ESPN host Katie Nolan’s winning Team Clippers, had played high school basketball in Florida.
“Hoping my car doesn’t break down so we get there, so I can say I played or sat the bench,” he said before Friday’s game. “I don’t care. It’s just the atmosphere, the atmosphere of being here. Saying I sat on the bench at Staples Center seeing some of the greats, some of the people that I love and have friendships with, it will be fun.
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“Now that I know that Justin Bieber’s on the other team, it will be fun. I’ll hug him at first, and then I’ll punch him during the game. It will be a blast,” he added.
While he didn’t blow the roof off the stadium (he scored two points), Watson didn’t totally embarrass himself, aside from one infamous drive that ended in Tracy McGrady easily swatting his shot out of bounds.
“Tracy McGrady, he’s a lot bigger in person. I was going to drive, [but] when I saw him all I saw was that split-second of, ‘this is my injury, this big man is about to take me out,’” Watson told CBS Sports.
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Luckily the basketball game didn’t seem to impact Watson’s golf game, as he shot a 6-under 65 on Saturday to lead the Genesis Open by one stroke into the final round on Sunday.

With tears pouring down his face minutes after he made his final winning shot, Watson didn’t take his 10th major victory lightly.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen with Bubba Watson,” he said, ESPN reported. “We don’t know if I’m ever going to win again, if I’m going to win 100 times. We just don’t know. I cherish this one because it’s my latest and my greatest.”

NBA All-Star weekend is always a splashy affair but when it’s located in Los Angeles, it attracts a slew of entertainment and sports A-listers who didn’t have to travel far to party with pro basketball’s finest. Click through for the scoop on this year’s hottest parties and coolest appearances (photos are in chronological order).

The biggest man in basketball (in every way), Shaquille O’Neal proved he is the real king of the NBA when he took to the throne at the American Express Experience on Thursday.
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AMEX’s intimate pop-up just outside of L.A. Live offered guests a multi-sensory journey of basketball through interactive rooms and instillations such as the Lakers Vault, a room of 18 handmade Chandelier Hoops and a walkway of Exploded Floorboards.
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The LED-lighted Neon Backboards created a surreal — and very cool — look at a pro basketball court ahead of Sunday’s All-Star Game.
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The AMEX Experience delivered up twice as much of Maria Menonous as the SiriusXM host and “AMEX Ambassador” made fun Insta stories from the interactive displays.

All-Star weekend isn’t all about parties. The NBA also took advantage of having its most influential players in one place to give back to the community by having Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green and Swin Cash visit kids and their families at Children’s Hospital L.A.

What’s better than having Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving read you “Star Wars” stories? Nothing.

Veteran hop-hop genius DJ Whoo Kid (doing his signature salutes) took over the decks at the Let It Fly party Thursday night, as he spun in the middle of a pumping VIP room surrounded by towering NBA stars.
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The man of the night, Andre Drummond, hung out with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell at the “Let It Fly” event to raise money and awareness for the Precious Dreams Foundation on Thursday night, which was co-hosted by Johnny Stephene (a.k.a. Dribble2Much).
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Former L.A. Laker Carlos Boozer caught up with another ex-NBA player and undisputedly the best-dressed person at the Let It Fly party — thanks to his pink satin jacket — Jack McClinton. 
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Who wouldn’t want to sleep with — we mean ON — Steph Curry? Let It Fly party sponsors Active Dreamers make that dream come true with their line of bedding featuring top NBA stars. Before you call bias, they had a LeBron James bed at the party too!
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“Property Brothers” siblings Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott hammed it up for the cameras at the Celebrity Game Friday. While Jonathan wasn’t playing this year, Drew made up for it by scoring a spot on the winning Clippers team under Katie Nolan.

ESPN’s Jemele Hill kicked off All-Star week in Hollywood on Thursday night at the “UNINTERRUPTED” party at Avenue Los Angeles, which was presented by Remy Martin.
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Former Clippers player Baron Davis hosted a trifecta of events All-Star weekend at the London Hotel in West Hollywood. His BIG Summit on Saturday afternoon featured a panel made up of Ice Cube, Chris Paul and David Robinson and co-founder/president of Lyft, John Zimmer. The power group discussed ideas on how to create real business and social impact, collaborations and opportunities that live at the intersection of sports, media, technology and culture, disrupting industries and enriching the communities. 
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The theme of giving back continued when Kendrick Lamar performed Friday night for the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show stage at L.A. LIVE’s Microsoft Square. The gig was exclusively for AMEX Card Members, and ticket proceeds will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

Lamar put on quite the show, singing his hits including “Humble,” “Swimming Pools,” “Love,” “M.A.A.D. City” and “Money Trees.” Easy to spot in the crowd in the VIP section was TNT analyst “Sir Charles” Barkley — who was an NBA All-Star a whopping 11 times during his career.

While “Black Panther” was blowing up the box office this weekend, Chadwick Boseman was blowing up the NBA party scene. Marvel’s latest breakout star actor was the man everyone wanted to see at GQ’s effortlessly-stylish party at the NoMad Hotel in downtown L.A.

Before she took to the stage to perform, rapper and singer Cardi B looked slick in black leather at the GQ party.

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love was dressed fit for a cover of GQ, not just the party, as he arrived with model Kate Bock.

Kanye West blew up the internet on Saturday night by gatecrashing  Kid Cudi’s show at the adidas party during NBA All-Star weekend. The pair then joined forces to perform their Life of Pablo single “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.”

On the eve of the All-Star game, LeBron took a break from the serious stuff to kick back with Odell Beckham Jr. at the Beats party at the Dream hotel in Hollywood on Saturday night.
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The Kardashians have had a variety of NBA connections over the years, and Kourtney was on hand All-Star Saturday to pose at the MVP Weekend Experience at Liv. The star-filled bash was LIV hosted by French Montana and presented by Remy Martin.Getty Images for Rémy Martin // Johnny Nunez
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Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian proved “The Game Is Everything” by attending a VIP dinner at Beauty and Essex Saturday night. Other famous diners included LeBron James, Jessie Williams and Kevin Hart, no doubt enjoying cocktails from Rémy Martin and a tasting of their LOUIS XIII.
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The “Black Panther” star was a hit at the GQ party, as sports and Hollywood collide before LeBron and Steph take to the court

NBA All-Star weekend is always a splashy affair but when it’s located in Los Angeles, it attracts a slew of entertainment and sports A-listers who didn’t have to travel far to party with pro basketball’s finest. Click through for the scoop on this year’s hottest parties and coolest appearances (photos are in chronological order).

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