The Masters’ Champion
For Lester Watson Jr. popularly known as Bubba Watson, this year’s Easter celebration seems to be his best ever. Winning the Masters’ Golf tournament at the Augusta on Easter Sunday after becoming a father for the first time, means there is no other better time to celebrate his success. Watson and his wife, Angie, adopted a son prior to the tournament because she is unable to have children.
As many Christians were celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from the grave, Bubba Watson was busy searching for a befitting Easter gift. The search finally paid off. It was an offshoot of hard work. The title fetched the golfer $1.44million in prize money as he won his first major.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who started the day two shots behind third-round leader Peter Hanson, grabbed the lead with that burden on the second hole, but it was not enough to hold off Bubba Watson, who birdied four consecutive holes on the back nine — 13, 14, 15, and 16 — to tie him and force a playoff. Two holes later, Oosthuizen bogeyed the 10th hole and Watson spurred for the win. He came from two shots back to defeat Oosthuizen on the second hole in a play-off to win his first major title. Oosthuizen wore a green shirt on the playoff day signifying his desire for the title but it was Watson who ended up being fitted with the Masters green jacket.
It was a double joy for the golfer from Bagdad, Florida. Winning the Masters tournament after playing 17 major tournaments without a win explains why he had to beat the likes of Luke Donald, Rory Mcllroy and Lee Westwood, who are the world three top golfers, to clinch the title. Tiger Woods, who bookmakers have tipped to win the title after he lifted the Arnold Palmer Invitational title, was also relegated to the flipside. Watson could become the next top celebrity, if he continues to win. Apart from the world top golfers, he humbled the best golfers in the world including Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Justin Rose to win the Masters contest.
It was discovered that Watson’s triumph depended on his motto. He had explained to his caddie, Ted Scott, on the day they met six years ago that “If I have a swing, I have a shot.” He insisted that the shot that earned him the green jacket was not as ridiculously hard as it looked. This he said was attributed to his attitude.
With tears pouring down his face, the player who has never had a golf lesson also became only the fourth left-hander, and the third at Augusta, to win a Major Championship. Having lost a play-off to Martin Kaymer in the 2010 PGA Championship, Watson as well has become the 14th different player to win in the last 14 Major Championships. No wonder, he jumped 12 places to now occupy the fourth spot on the world golf ranking table.
Winning a golf tournament or putting on a green jacket can change a golfer’s life. And for sure, Watson’s Masters’ win was a launching point for his career as a professional golfer. But it appears he is not ready yet to join the celebrity world.
“The thing is, golf is not my everything. I’m going to think about the great times I had, the chance I had to win. I don’t play the game for fame. I’m going to have to keep living my life and doing everything. But for me to come out here and win, it’s awesome for a week and then get back to real life. I don’t try to win tournaments for fame. That’s just me, if I was missing cuts every week, it would still be the same way I act off the golf course. But no, I’m not ready for fame. I don’t really want to be famous or anything like that. I just want to be me and play golf,” Watson pointed out.
Watson’s decision is a big blow for the PGA Tour, which is still looking for Tiger Woods replacement after his scandals. The PGA is believed to be working towards making Watson the next face of golf. To them, the Masters’ current champion could draw fans back into golf if his win would be consistent.