AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 05: Bubba Watson watches his second shot on the first hole during the first round of the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Fans of the Masters, UGA and just old school golf found themselves watching an amazing sudden death victory by Bubba Watson celebrated as he hugged family, friends and other players letting all the emotion he choked down burst lose at long last.
Bubba Watson shows us what has always been true in the Majors, consistency is key. Fighting off his own miscues and late Sunday comebacks, Bubba makes use of tap in putts and taking advantage of birdies where he can. Bubba shot his best round of the Masters on Sunday with a 68 taking him into a sudden death overtime replaying #18 against Louis Oosthuizen. Having tied at 18 once again in ovetime as Bubba's eyes expanded, edging a putt by the cup for par, they headed to #10 to again test their t-shot nerves. Bubba's T shot misses right as Louis's does as well, the sun setting deeply behind the tall Georgian pines as they search for the green on #10 sudden death. Bubba purposely and amazingly snap hooks his approach by and around a large magnolia to find the green in regulation. With Louis missing his par putt, Bubba was looking at two putts to win his green jacket, bringing home a Masters victory for this UGA player in electrifying dramatic fashion as the crowd cheers.
Credit must be given to his counterpart in his pairing Louis Oosthuizen for making desperate, long pars, at critical times and most certainly for an Albatross score early on #2 to sky rocket him to the top quickly. His disarming smile and genuine nice guy appearance shined through.
Having followed Bubba from his UGA days to his professional career, I can say I have been waiting for his big breakout. His distance off the tee is well known, but his creativity is what is truly fascinating. He hits the ball so far he creates angles not thought of by course designers, forcing him to look at the game as it never has before. He's stayed true to his school by "knocking one out of Sanford Stadium" and keeping it down home wearing overalls and no shirt in a Ben Crane charity video. Finally getting his anxiety under his belt he "pars them to death" with breakout birdies and eagles to stay in competition. He is an old school self taught and self made golfer whom works the ball either way and can seldom hit a shot straight as he is always "trying something".
An amazing story for an amazing man in an amazing Masters tournament. With upwards of a dozen golfers pushing for the lead, Bubba showed his grit, clinched his teeth and brought one home. Bubba Watson is likely knocking on the door of more Major runs. What a great day for Bubba, his family, the Masters, the University of Georgia, and the State of Georgia.