The greatest week of the PGA Tour has come to an end. Until next year, the Masters hype will be subdued. The crowds at Augusta National are gone and it has returned to its peaceful and serene state.
There were no sure picks on who would win the greatest major of the year. This made for an interesting tournament making it available for anyone to take. With multiple players in the lead the tournament could go any way at any time.
Some did not think Bubba’s chances of picking up his second green jacket were good this year. Watson finished 50th in the 2013 Masters carding a 77 and ever sine his first Masters win, his play has been up and down, even shooting a round in the 80s. He eventually won The Northern Trust Open this past February and from then on his game seemed to be back.
This is why I love the game of golf. There are days on the golf course where you just want to give up, but even hitting one good shot can make you want to come back for more. Bubba Watson is the perfect example of what hard work can do for your career. He doesn’t let a bad day on the course get him down; he just laughs it off and realizes that he has a lot to work to do. Watson is such a down to earth person, something that is refreshing in today’s negative world of media; especially in sports.
As far as his play goes, Bubba Watson shot 69-68-74-69 in his four days, proving that consistency was the key to success. He has known to be one of the longest drivers on tour, which definitely helps him out by putting him in play to birdie many holes. However, he still had to showcase his short game skills. Bubba played smart, attacking pins aggressively and with confidence. Unlike other PGA Tour players who played it safe and either laid-up or hit greens, but weren’t close to the hole to have a comfortable birdie putt. Watson took his time reading putts and focused on the break of the green. Interesting fact, there have only been two other left-handed Masters winners. Mike Weir and Phil Mickelson.
From the looks of it, it seemed as though 20-year-old Jordan Spieth would win his first major as the fourth round got underway. But, after boogieing two holes, he lost sight of a green jacket. Watson kept his composure and played his game, not worrying about who was on top the leaderboard. All he wanted to do was make birdies. I believe Bubba Watson won this year’s Masters because of his maturity. He knows how to recover from bad shots and not let it affect his overall score. He was familiar with Augusta and he does not let his mental game get out of hand.
It is hard to argue that this Masters win was more emotional than the first one, but this time as Watson walked off the green his son Caleb was waiting for him. You could tell Bubba was holding back the tears even walking up 18 fairway, but waited until his last tap-in putt to let it out. The joy and gratitude that comes with the game of golf is unmatchable. I have to admit; I began to tear up while watching Watson hug his friends and family.
How did Bubba Watson celebrate his second Masters and major win – with a trip to Waffle House, of course. I am still waiting to see Bubba sporting a Waffle House logo in his next tournament. Who knows, next year’s Champions Dinner might be catered by Waffle House. But, this is why he is so easy to love; humble, good taste in food, family oriented and passionate. Congratulations, Bubba, enjoy that jacket.