Moving on with the masters theme of this blog, we will get to the Florida/Georgia boy Bubba Watson. Bubba is from the state of Florida but came to Georgia to attend the University of Georgia on a golf scholarship. After attending Faulkner State Community College in Alabama and tearing it up there, he then transferred to the University of Georgia to finish his last two years of playing golf in college. There he led the bulldogs to the SEC Championship in golf in 2000 and was one of the best players in the country in college during that time.
Bubba turned pro in 2003 and played on the Nationwide.com tour for two years until 2005. It was then that he was able to join the PGA tour which is the official professional tour of the golf world. My friend who is an Atlanta Ga Mover loves watching Bubba play by the way. He had a slow start to his professional career and didn’t get a PGA victory until 2010 when he won the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. That win gave him the confidence needed to play well on the tour and start to believe he could win tournaments among the best golfers in the world.
Fast forward to 2012 and the Masters Tournament that started in April like it does every year. Bubba played decently well during the first three rounds of the tournament and was in contention afterwards. So, come Sunday, the final round, he was close to the leaders and within striking distance. Although he was three strokes behind the leader starting the day, he played fantastic and was able to tie the leader on the back nine holes coming down the final stretch. It was Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen that had to battle it out on sudden death playoff holes.
The shot heard around the world…
On the first playoff hole, nothing majical really happened. Both players made their par on the 18th hole which was the first hole they had to play. Then came the 10th hole, which is the 2nd hole they teed up on during the playoff. Both players hit poor tee shots over into the wooded area on the right side of the fairway. Louis’ shot wasn’t as bad as Bubba’s but he had to work for his approach shot as well. Bubba was deep in the woods and had to pull off a miracle shot to have any chance of extending the playoff to another hole with Louis. His ball was resting on pine straw, and Bubba had to hit it through the woods with lots of trees, and hook the ball some 40 yards to the right in order to hit the green. He did just that! His shot went through the woods, turned 40 yards right and trickled up to within 15 feet of the hole. It was arguably one of the best recovery shots in golf history, especially being at the Masters, and on a playoff hole to win the tournament. It was truly a majical shot and will be remembered for decades.
Bubba went on to win the Masters again in 2014 and earned the title of two time Masters champion. He is a great golfer, hits the ball amongst the farthest on tour and has a good time doing it. The 2013 Masters tournament put Bubba on the map, and has etched himself into one of the greats of the game over the last several years.