Who is Bubba Watson? He’s More Than a Master’s Winner
For golf fans you already know about the enigma that is Bubba (given name Gerry). For those of you who don’t spend your weekends glued to golf tourneys, let’s just take at look at this year’s winner of golf’s most prestigious prize - the Master’s.
Bubba Watson is eccentric, to say the least. From his golf stance and swing, to his outspoken opinions on, well, everything. His swing seems to change with every shot, as he continues to reinvent himself at every hole – it’s just how he is. He makes no apologies for ignoring the advice of many swing coaches, and seems content to just play the game as he thinks it ought to be played. In his words, “If I have a swing, I’ve got a shot. I’m used to the woods, I’m used to the rough.” He is unafraid, always willing to lay it on the line. He continues, “I just play golf. I attack. I want to hit the incredible shot, who doesn’t? It’s what you play the game for.” Well said, Bubba.
Often considered to be golf’s “Rainman”, Watson is full of emotions and certainly doesn’t shy away from sharing them with the world. As he tapped in to win the Master’s yesterday after a playoff with Oosthuizen, the floodgates opened as he sobbed in his mother’s arms. Again, he’s just that kinda guy. And as he was presented the green jacket, what do you think went through his mind? He was enamoured with a helicopter passing by, curious as to what model it was. As the helicopter passed by his next thought, rather than smiling for the camera, was about changing diapers on his first son, Caleb, whom he adopted with his wife, Angie.
Bubba Watson is different. Just when athletes seem “all business, all the time”, here we have a guy that doesn’t fit that mould. He’s the type of guy that thinks of helicopters as he is handed one of the most sought-after articles of clothing on the planet, the Green Jacket, given to only one person a year. He’s just that kinda guy.
…and that is the last word.