Unconventional, incomparable, unprecedented: Bubba Watson is a name that stands alone on the PGA Tour and in popular culture in the present day. Watson’s unique southpaw style and exciting on-and-off the course demeanor has brought this down home southern boy from Bagdad, Florida, into international stardom. His style of play is exciting to watch and his personality is endearing to encounter. In summary, it’s hard to find another human being on this planet like Bubba Watson.
As stated earlier, there’s just something about Bubba Watson that is hard to describe, hard to explain to the common person. He plays by his own rules and marches to the beat of his own drum. For example, one of the many facets of Watson’s game are his drives. Known as one of the longest drivers on Tour, Bubba can be found sending a golf ball upwards of 350 yards off of the tee. And in the aforementioned, unique “Bubba style,” that drive is usually coming from a pink golf club. Why not, right? Just one more example of the distinctive personality that is Bubba Watson.
Professionally, Watson is most famous for his 2012 Masters Tournament victory. Already with three PGA Tour wins under his belt, Watson became a household name with his emotional win at the 2012 Masters. Watson, who’s best finish in a major tournament up to that point was a runner-up finish at the 2010 PGA Championship, entered the final day at six-under, three strokes off of Peter Hanson’s lead. After recording four consecutive birdies to shoot a final round 68 (-4), Watson found himself tied for the lead with playing-partner Louis Oosthuizen and competing in a sudden death playoff in the biggest tournament in golf. After a pair of pars on the first playoff hole, Watson and Oosthuizen both drove their balls towards the woods on the next playoff hole (10). Watson, getting the worst of the two drives found himself deep in the pine straws and somewhat stranded behind a large tree, leaving him without a clear shot to the pin. What happened next was a shot that will go down as one of the most miraculous and infamous shots in golf history. Watson curled his approach shot around the blocking trees and put the ball within 15 feet of the hole. He proceeded to win the hole and consequently the tournament. His teary and emotional embrace with his mother and friends at the 2012 Masters is something that golf fans will remember for a long, long time.
Just two years later, Bubba followed his epic performance at Augusta National with a second Green Jacket performance. Watson beat youngster Jordan Spieth to seal his fate as one of eight golfers ever to win the Masters Tournament twice in a three year span. He also became the third to do so since 2000, joining Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in exclusive company.
Beyond his Masters victories, Bubba Watson is known for being one of the all around good guys in golf. While you won’t always find him conforming to the stereotypical “country club” type lifestyle and demeanor on tour, you will find him donating a lot of his time (and prize money) to charity as well as engaging fans in spirited ways (see his 2010 Golf Boys, “Oh, Oh, Oh,” music video with fellow Tour professionals Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan). He has fans cheer while others demand peace and quiet during a tee-shot. In other words, Bubba Watson is one-of-a-kind.
Q & A
When did you first start training for golf? Where and why?
My dad gave me my first club at 6 and I haven’t put them down since.
When did you turn pro?
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
My flowing hair.
Who was your inspiration growing up:
Within your sport: Payne Stewart
Outside your sport: My dad.
What has driven you to work super hard and rise up beyond mediocrity?
My dad always pushed me to practice more and never settle.
Are you a rebel? Why or why not?
Let’s just say I do what I want.
If you weren’t killing it on the golf course, what would you be doing for a living?
What is your favorite course?
What is the venue that you purely dread and why?
TPC Sawgrass. I’ve never played well there.
What would you say is your best club?
What is a hidden talent you have other than your sport?
Well it’s not really hidden but I obviously have a model face.
Finish this sentence: “Oakley is ________”
If you had to share a hotel room/apartment with one Oakley athlete, who would it be and why?
Shaun White because he’s a stud athlete.
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
Love to use a hair dryer.
What particular skills are you working on?
Food: Grilled Cheese
Vacation Spot: My house
Sport: (Besides your own): Basketball
Music Genre:Christian Rap
Movie:Justin Bieber “Never Say Never”
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