When Bubba Watson won the 2012 U.S. Masters, it was both a real-time moment of golf history and a personal victory. After this win, Watson is ranked fourth in the world.
Watson’s motto is if you’ve got a swing, you’ve got a shot. He had a lot of them at the Masters. There were four birdies, all in a row, during the last nine. Like the ball had wings, his gap wedge released him from the pines and put him back into play on the 10th hole. The most important shot was the winning stroke in a sudden death playoff with Louis Oosthuizen.
Bubba Watsons Wins
Bubba had won only three important PGA tourneys before, two in play-offs. He won the 2010 Travelers Championship, the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open, and the 2011 Zurich Classic in New Orleans. He placed second in the 2010 PGA Championship, losing by one stroke in an aggregate playoff.
For the 33-year-old Watson, winning the Masters was especially fun, since he has many Georgia fans. He was on the 2000-2001 University of Georgia golf team.
His mother, Molly Watson, was on the sidelines for the win. This was particularly sweet, when he cried on her shoulder, after his spectacular save with that gap wedge. Watson still lives in his hometown of Bagdad which is in the panhandle of Florida. His wife Angie Watson is a 6’4″ former WNBA basketball player. The couple has a new baby, a one-month-old adopted baby boy. They brought little Caleb home just two weeks before the Masters.
Unlike his rival and friend Tiger Woods, Watson claims to have never taken a lesson in his life beyond the first introduction by his father. Of course, he did have coaches in high school and college. A lefty, Bubba Watson does have an unusual and natural swing.
Watson is featured on a “Golf Boys” You Tube Video entitled “Oh Oh Oh”. Watson is in the official PGA boy band with Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan.
In January, Watson bought a General Lee Dodge Charger, one of several used in the original Dukes of Hazzard television show. Obviously, he’s a big fan.