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Bubba Watson: Some things you need to know about Masters champion

April 08, 2012|By Dan Loumena
  • Bubba Watson sheds tears of joy as he is embraced by his mother, Mollie, after winning the Masters on Sunday.
Bubba Watson sheds tears of joy as he is embraced by his mother, Mollie, after… (Matt Slocum / Associated…)

Bubba Watson, who won the Masters tournament on Sunday in a playoff against Louis Oosthuizen, is a unique golfer, and not because he strikes the ball left-handed.

Unlike most PGA Tour players, Watson doesn't have a cavalcade of coaches. He taught himself how to play the game by hitting Wiffle balls around his home in Bagdad, Fla., as a youth.

Despite his willowy frame -- he's 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds but doesn't look it -- he's one of the biggest hitters on tour.

Here are some other interesting facts about Bubba Watson, whose first name is Gerry:

  • He uses a pink shaft for his driver.
  • He attended Milton High in Florida a few years after fellow PGA Tour pros Heath Slocum and Boo Weekley.
  • His wife, Angie, is 6-4 and played basketball at the University of Georgia as well as professionally in Europe and the WNBA.
  • His father, also Gerry, was in the Army's special forces during the Vietnam War. Watson's charities include the Birdies for the Brave program. Watson's father passed away in 2010.
  • He struck a deal with his wife that when he won his first PGA event, he would get to buy a 1969 Dodge Charger, like the one made famous in the TV show "Dukes of Hazzard."

And if all that isn't enough, Watson and his wife are the proud parents of a recently adopted child, Caleb.

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