Bubba Watson, Ping Golf continue to drive for dough

Distance thy name is Bubba. With his all-pink Ping G20 driver, Bubba Watson is No. 1 on the PGA Tour in average driving distance at 315.5 yards. At last week’s Northern Trust Open he led the field, averaging 325 yards off the tee. More important to Watson, 35 of his drives traveled 300 yards or farther. That means to date he has raised $41,200 from equipment sponsor Ping Golf s part of his effort to raise $1 million for charities this PGA Tour season.

Bubba Watson and friend

In addition to a $10,000 upfront contribution, Ping is supporting “Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million” by donating $300 for every drive he hits 300 yards or more (up to 300 drives) in 2012. Ping’s fundraising event is called, “Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by Ping.” All funds raised will go to Phoenix-area charities, chosen by Ping with Watson’s support.

On the season, nearly 62 percent of Watson’s drives have traveled 300-plus yards, the highest percentage on the PGA Tour.

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