Everyone loves Bubba Watson.It could be his funny name, his reckless playing style, or the way he seems to bounce around the course like a little kid.
But no matter the reason, one thing is clear after yesterday’s thrilling Masters final round — golf has stumbled upon the star it desperately needs.
And once you see Bubba’s backstory, you’ll like him even more.
Bubba grew up in Bagdad, Florida. He eventually played golf at the University of Georgia before turning pro in 2006. He's a southerner through and through
He's self-taught, and uses an unorthodox swing that 'proves that all the things we think you shouldn't do aren't necessarily things you shouldn't do,' according to his caddie
Not everyone appreciates his daredevil style. In his third-ever round as a pro, the guy he was playing with asked him if he was joking around. 'Oh, no, this is how I play golf,' he responded.
Bubba continued to clash with his fellow golfers. He was cranky on the course and eventually his caddie gave him an ultimatum: control your emotions, or I quit
He learned to control himself and won his first PGA Tour event in 2010 at the travellers Championship. He dedicated the win to his father, who was battling throat cancer
Bubba is unconventional off the course too. He made a parody boy-band music video with fellow pros Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, and Ben Crane. He wore overalls
At the Masters, he used this unorthodox style to hit a shot no one else could hit — a 40-yard hook out of trees and onto the green on the second playoff hole
The shot won him the tournament, and he once again broke down after the victory. This time he tearfully talked about his wife and adopted baby boy Caleb
Thanks to borderline-insane shots like these (15 seconds in), he's now the most charismatic player in golf
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