Monday, April 09, 2012

Bubba Blasts into Master's History as America's newest Hero


Humble, Squeaky clean, Christian and wants to change his adopted son's diapers.

Bubba, 33, is a popular guy on tour, part of the new crop of younger, Christian players dubbed the God squad. So maybe it was the golf-gloved hand of God that lifted him to victory on Easter.

Here he was, locked in a sudden death overtime, well it's called a play off in golf, when he blasted a miracle shot from in the woods around a tree to within 12 feet of the cup on the final playoff hole.

Man, woman and child, it was the kind of shot that makes legends of commoners and heroes of the deserving. Here at the Master's Tournament, the 78th Masters, a Bubba came out of Florida, played golf at the Unversity of Georgia, than patiently waited his turn to join the legends such as Palmer, Nickolas and Player. 

There is just something magical to have a guy named Bubba win golf's most prestigious tournament at a club so blue blood they don't even allow women to join.

When he sank the final putt he hugged his caddy and cried, then hugged his mother and cried. No shame, no braggadocio and total humility.

It's hard not to like a guy who uses a pink driver and chooses his wardrobe to help raise money for children's charities.

Need one more reason to think he might be the next household name in golf? Bubba Watson owns the original General Lee hot rod from the Dukes of Hazard television and movie fame.

Here are a few more reasons to like America's newest hero.

Bubba has never had a golf lesson in his life.

Bubba has never had his golf swing electronically analyzed in his life.

Bubba has never had a golf coach in his life.

Bubba is one of the few left-handed golfers on tour and is known for the tremendous length of his drives. In fact five of the last ten Masters winners were left handed but no left hander had won before 2003.

Bubba was nicknamed for former professional football player Bubba Smith.

Bubba is married to Angela P. "Angie" Watson, née Ball, a 6'4" former basketball player. In 2009, she was diagnosed with an enlargedpituitary gland which accounts for her extreme height.

On March 26, 2012 Watson and his wife adopted a one month old baby boy named Caleb. They spent four frustrating years trying to adopt.

Watson's father, Gerry Lester Watson, Sr., died on October 15, 2010 of throat cancer. Watson's mother is Molly Marie Watson and he has a sister Melinda Watson Conner.

Watson is currently one of four golfers in the PGA Tour exclusive boy band "Golf Boys". (The other three are Rickie Fowler,Ben Craneand Hunter Mahan.) The Golf Boys currently have a popular YouTube video for the song "Oh Oh Oh".

Watson recently purchased the original Dukes of Hazzard's 'General Lee' that he uses to raise money for charitable purposes.

All that and then there is Bubba Watson the Christian who shares Tim Tebow's love for the Lord and is not afraid to say it.

Did I mention Bubba and Tebow are friends and will be doing a joint fund raiser for children in a couple of weeks.

Don't you think the PGA, after the prowling Tiger controversy these past few years, would love to have a faithful father and Jesus loving hero?

Welcome Bubba to the short list of modern American heroes.

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