All Eyes on Bubba: 2013 Masters Tournament Preview


“I never got this far in my dreams.”

Those were Bubba Watson’s famed words following his dramatic performance to win the 2012 Masters Tournament. While he may not have dreamed about ever winning one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments, he now has big dreams of adding to his green jacket collection. The week is here that he will begin that quest.

In one of the most highly anticipated Masters Tournaments in recent history, Bubba Watson returns to Augusta National to defend his 2012 title. While other PGA Tour members are heating up and returning to the top of the game, Watson remains the player to watch at this year’s grand event.

Thursday will mark the beginning of the 2013 Masters Tournament and Watson will put the media circus surrounding the defending champion behind him and set his eyes on securing another green jacket. Watson won last year’s tournament in thrilling fashion, hitting what is now one of the most famous shots in Masters Tournament history during a two-hole playoff as the sun set on Augusta. From the right woods on the 10th hole, Watson hooked an impossible shot around a set of daunting trees and onto the green, ultimately leading him to the tournament victory over South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen. While some would call it miraculous, Watson and his team remain humble and treat the shot with respect and a quiet confidence.

“It was a perfect lie, the ball was a little above his feet, everything was set up for that shot,” said Ted Scott, Watson’s caddy. “We weren’t worried. We have a saying, ‘If Bubba has a swing, Bubba has a shot.’”

While “the shot” was somewhat miraculous and will go down in not only Masters Tournament history, but golf history, it was Bubba Watson’s story that garnered the attention of the world as he emotionally celebrated his career defining victory. Joined on the 10th green by his mother and a string of fellow golfers, Watson was filled with emotion as he realized what he had accomplished. With his family on his mind and his patented flowing tears on his face, Watson embraced his support group in a touching show of class and dignity, not afraid to let the world see him cry. After a lifetime of working extraordinarily hard to get himself to that position, the thrill-seeking, long-driving, unconventional lefty had earned himself one of the most coveted titles in sports: Masters Tournament Champion.

Watson returns to Augusta with a new team (Oakley) and a renewed focus, ready to put on his best title defense. All eyes are on Bubba this week and if he had it his way, you’d find him right up the top of the leaderboard, in contention for a second consecutive green jacket, come Masters Sunday.

First things first, Watson will be hosting tonight’s Champions Dinner and if his unique taste has anything to do with it, your standard Country Club cuisine will most likely not be on the menu.

Watson will play with fellow Oakley team member Ian Poulter and amateur Steven Fox beginning 10:34 a.m. ET Thursday and 1:30 p.m. ET Friday. Stay tuned throughout Masters week for constant updates on Bubba Watson and the rest of the Oakley golf team.


John Ohail


April 09, 2013