Golf fans were treated to a new way of playing yesterday at Augusta National, as Bubba Watson turned "Bubba Golf" into a green jacket. On a day when we celebrate the ultimate of miracles, the new Masters champion defeated South African Louis Oosthuizen with what many consider a miraculous shot from deep in the woods on the second sudden-death playoff hole.
But for a guy whose motto is "If I've got a swing, I've got a shot," facing a 155-yard wedge shot off pine straw and then hooking it around trees and a TV tower to within 10 feet of the cup wasn't that big of a deal.
"The thing is, golf is not my everything," Watson told reporters afterward. "But for me to come out here and win, it's awesome for a week and then we get back to real life."
And Watson's real life has seen its ups and downs over the past couple of years. Two weeks ago, after four years of trying to adopt, he and his wife, Angie, brought home a baby boy named Caleb. A year and half ago his father, Gerry, the only person ever to give him a golf lesson, died after a long battle with cancer. And a few years ago, his caddie and friend Ted Scott threatened to quit carrying his bag if Watson couldn't control his temper on the course.
And yesterday, watching Bubba sob on Ted's shoulder, turn to embrace his mom, Molly, and later humbly address the media left no doubt where his priorities lie. It's even evident in how he chooses to order his Twitter bio:
"Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer. …"