A headline from years ago, right?
Yes…and no. The last name is the same from 21 years ago, the last of Tom Watson’s Masters victories, but the first name is different. Not Tom, but Bubba. And in what can only be deemed as the shot of his career, a hook from off the pine straw off the right side of the 10th fairway, Watson cozied his ball onto one of golf’s toughest greens and left himself within reaching a major win.
For some, THE major win. A win at Augusta National and saying you’ve won.
And life for Bubba couldn’t be better. He and his wife Angie are in the process of finalizing the adoption of one-month old Caleb. A pic posted to Watson’s Twitter page shows the proud pair with Angie holding Caleb. Both beaming from ear to ear.
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) March 28, 2012
(Click on the Lockerz link within the tweet to see the pic.)
The congrats poured in and, as expected, Bubba thanked those. Game changer? I would say yes. It definitely is.
But to understand things that are important in Watson’s life, you needn’t look any further than his bio on his Twitter profile.
“Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer. Owner of General Lee 1.”
Golf is not on the top of his list of priorities. His faith, his wife and his son are. His friends mean as much to him as he means to them. Just the sight of fellow “Golf Boys” Rickie Fowler and Ben Crane along with Aaron Baddeley and other friends offering their congratulatory hugs told you all you need to know. Bubba is well liked. With his personality, how could he not be.
And the first to greet him aside from caddie Ted Scott was his mother.
One thing should strike you when you view any video of his interviews after his win. Watson gets it. It’s not about him. It’s about all others. When he was questioned about what he was thinking about, he cited his father, his wife, his son, his mother. That’s keeping things in perspective.
And that pink driver carries a message. If you head over to Watson’s website, you will see why with his Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million. His philanthropy was more in focus as Watson donned all white during all four rounds. Another message to raise money for Fresh Start, an organization based in California that offers cosmetic reconstructive surgery for children with physical defects. One hundred replicas were available through travismathew.com. At last check, sold out. That’s an extra $50,000 Travis Mathew will donate to Fresh Start aside from the monies raised from the sale of the clothing.
Yes, Watson truly gets it.
And if you haven’t read Rex Hoggard’s article on GolfChannel.com, it’s well worth the read. One quote from it stands out to me…
“I just hit a crazy shot I saw in my head,” Watson figured when asked about his carving masterpiece.
And what a masterpiece it was. It was such as masterpiece that on this today’s Morning Drive, there was a two-thirds majority that voted his shot as the most historic…over Louis Oosthuizen’s double-eagle at the par-5 2nd hole.
From that crazy swing we witnessed a crazy shot which led to a memorable ending of the 2012 Masters.
And remember…if you have a swing, you have a shot.