The Masters 2012: I never got this far in my dreams, says Bubba Watson

April 9th, 20126:20 am @


He lost by one stroke to the German after hitting his second shot into water
at the third and final hole, an experience he presumably drew upon to beat
Louis Oosthuizen at Augusta to claim his first major.

Renowned as one of the biggest hitters on the US Tour, Watson ranks first for
driving distance with an average of just over 316 yards.

He is best drive on tour this year was 427 yards, and he also leads the greens
in regulation figures. However, he languishes well down the tables measuring
putting ability, making his success at Augusta all the more surprising.

Watson came into this year’s first major in 16th place in the official world
rankings. He won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, a success
he followed up with four top-10 finishes on the trot.

In total, he has won three PGA Tour events since winning his Tour ticket in
2006. His first victory was the Travelers Championship in 2010 and he won
the Farmers Insurance Open and the Zurich Classic last year.

Watson courted controversy and ridicule in the build-up to last year’s Open
Championship when, playing in the Alstom Open de France, he was critical of
security and organisation at the tournament and pledged never to take part
in a European Tour event again. It was widely reported at the time that
Watson, a reluctant traveller, was simply homesick.

The good ol’ boy credentials of Watson, who was born in Bagdad, Florida, were
estblished beyond all doubt earlier this year when he paid approximately
£70,000 for ‘General Lee’, the original Dodge Charger car that featured in
the Dukes of Hazzard in the Seventies.

Watson claimed that he has been a fan of the cult TV series for many years.

However, Watson is a colourful charcater in many more ways as well. He has
backed up his own adventurous dress sense by establishing a clothing label,
Bubba Golf. He is known on tour as one of the ‘Golf Boys’, a group of four
players — the others are Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler — who
have recorded a charity video for YouTube and donate $1000 for every 100,000

Watson played in the 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales. He claimed just one point there
and he was largely overshadowed in every sense by the presence of his wife,
Angie, a former basketball player who stands 6ft 4in tall. The couple
adopted a baby boy last month.

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