Since winning the Masters back in April at Augusta, Bubba Watson has seen interest in him throughout the world grow significantly. Since donning the famous Green Jacket, a lot of attention has been focused on him, and no wonder. As the World Ranked no. 4, being one of the longest hitters in the professional game and possessing a swashbuckling style which makes him stand out from the crowd, Watson is one of the most interesting players in the world. Here are five interesting things about the Masters champion you may not know:
- Last year, Bubba spent a cool $500,000 on a designer watch, and even wore it during last year’s Accenture Match Play tournament. Watson, despite his image as a ‘good ole boy’ from the southern US, is fond of making a few outlandish purchases, but with career earnings to date of just over $16m or £10m excluding lucrative sponsorship, he can easily afford them.
- Speaking of splashing the cash, Bubba owns a replica of the General Lee, the car that featured in TV series The Dukes of Hazzard. He bought it just before his Masters success for $110,000 at a charity auction. A lot was made of this during the tournament in Georgia, and he described his prized purchase as his dream car.
- While serving his apprenticeship in the game, Bubba and his friend and fellow PGA professional Boo Weekley practiced by trying to hit drives over Weekley’s parents’ house. This partly helps to explain why he’s seen as one of longest drivers to have ever picked up a club.
- Bubba has many celebrity friends, including somewhat bizarrely, Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. Even before his Masters success, Watson was recognized as a big star because of his high status in the game, and has spoken at length about his friendship with the polarizing singer.
- At the Alstom French Open in 2011, Watson infuriated locals, players and tournament organizers for a number of reasons. When interviewed following his first round, he struggled to name any local attractions, and was castigated for refusing to share a car with fellow players to take him to the course. Meanwhile, he was scathing of the support at the tournament, largely because he saw them as being too quiet compared to more raucous crowds at PGA events.
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