Bubba Watson Biography
Bubba Watson, in fullGerry Lester Watson, Jr., (born Nov. 5, 1978, Bagdad, Florida, U.S.), American professional golfer noted for his two Major championships and powerful drives. He won the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014 and reached 2nd place in the world rankings of golf in 2015. He is one of the few left-handed golfers on the PGA Tour.
Watson began playing golf at age six with a cut-down 9-iron provided by his father. He practiced by hitting a whiffle ball around the house. His father taught him the basics of the game during these early years, but he has never had a professional golf lesson; he takes pride in being self-taught and untutored.
Although also a standout left-handed baseball pitcher, Watson stuck with golf, honing his skills while playing for his high school golf team. He continued to play competitive golf in college, first at Faulkner State Community College in Alabama and then at the University of Georgia.
He left college a year before graduating, turned pro in 2001. He joined the developmental Nationwide Tour and played there through 2005. As a rookie on the PGA Tour in 2006, he led all professionals in driving distance, averaging 319.6 yards per drive; his longest PGA drive measured 442 yards.
Watson won his first PGA title at the Travellers Championship in June 2010. Later that year he turned heads again by coming in second at a Major tournament, the PGA Championship. In January 2011, he won his second tournament, capturing the Farmers Insurance Open by a single stroke over Phil Mickelson.
He captured his first Major win at the Masters in 2012, winning in a sudden-death playoff with South African Louis Oosthuizen. On the second playoff hole, No. 10, from pine straw deep in the woods and with no straight path to the green, Watson executed one of the greatest shots in the history of the tournament,
intentionally bending his shot nearly 90 degrees and landing on the green a mere 15 feet from the pin; as commentators noted, only a left-handed striker with his enormous power and club speed could have executed such a miraculous hook. Watson earned a second “Green Jacket” by winning the Masters again in 2014.
Watson is also one of the more colorful and carefree players on the PGA Tour, and there are several popular backstories that have shadowed his career, including his nickname “Bubba,” which his father gave him in honor of star professional football player Bubba Smith; his diehard Christian faith,
of which he publicly speaks often; his famed pink driver, which makes him easily recognizable on the golf course; his 6’4” wife, a former professional basketball player who met Watson while playing collegiate basketball at the University of Georgia; and his prototype hovercraft golf “cart,”
which due to the cushion of air it travels on propels bump-free across the grass, sand, woodlands, or water with 30 percent less “footprint” than a standard wheel-based golf cart.
Bubba Watson Age
Bubba Watson. Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr. (born November 5, 1978) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. One of the few left-handed golfers on tour, he is multiple major champions, with victories at the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. Bubba is 40 years old as of 2018, he was born in Bagdad, Florida, United States
Who Is Bubba Watson?
Born Gerry Lester Watson Jr. in 1978, Bubba started playing golf as a child. The self-taught sports star played for Faulkner State Community College and University of Georgia before joining the Nationwide Tour in 2001.
In 2006, Watson joined the PGA Tour. He scored his first victory in 2010 at the Travelers Championship. In 2012 Watson took home the top prize at the Masters Tournament, and he took home his second Masters title in 201
Bubba Watson Wife, Family, Personal Life
Watson was nicknamed by his father after the former professional American football player Bubba Smith. Watson is married to Angela “Angie” Watson (née Ball), a 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Canadian whom he met at Georgia while he was on the golf team and she was on the women’s basketball team.
They were married in September 2004. In 2009, she was diagnosed with an enlarged pituitary gland, which accounts for her height.
Unable to have a child naturally, various family issues, including the illness and death of Watson’s father in 2010, kept them from attempting to adopt until 2011–12. In March 2012, one week after a potential adoption fell through at the last moment, Watson and his wife adopted a one-month-old baby boy named Caleb. In late 2014 the Watsons adopted a baby girl.
Watson’s father, Gerry Sr., died on October 15, 2010, of throat cancer. His mother is Molly Marie Watson and he has a sister, Melinda Watson Conner.
Watson is also a member of the “Golf Boys”, a boy band consisting of Watson, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, and Hunter Mahan. Their single “Oh Oh Oh” is currently on YouTube. The video was produced by Farmers Insurance Group. Farmers donate $1000 to charity for every 100,000 views the video gets.
In 2011, he made a humorous appearance in the song “Michael Jackson” by Christian hip hop artist Andy Mineo on the album Formerly Known. He was featured in the song “Ima Just Do It” by KB, another Christian hip hop artist, on the album Tomorrow We Live. His prototype Golf Cart Hovercraft, the BW1, YouTube video has earned more than 8 million views.
Watson is a committed Christian who speaks openly about the importance of faith in his life. Watson devotes much of his money and time to charity.
Watson purchased the mansion in the Isleworth community of Windermere, Florida, that was previously owned by Tiger Woods. In 2013, he was added to the list of Great Floridians by Governor Rick Scott.
Watson purchased a General Lee car from the television series The Dukes of Hazzard at auction for $110,000 in 2012. Following the Charleston church shooting in June 2015, display of the Confederate flag – which is featured on the car’s roof – became the subject of renewed controversy. Watson responded by saying he would paint over the flag with the American flag.
In 2015, Watson moved to Pensacola, where he has become very involved in the community. Among other ventures, Watson opened an ice cream store, purchased part ownership in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos Minor League Baseball team. and purchased a Chevrolet dealership in nearby Milton, Florida.
Watson has made considerable donations to Studer Family Children’s Hospital in Pensacola. He recently announced that he plans to run for mayor of Pensacola at some future date.
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Bubba Watson Education
Without any formal lessons, the Milton High School graduate made an impressive showing as an amateur. He was named first-team junior college All-American while playing for Faulkner State Community College.
Moving on to the University of Georgia, he helped their team clinch the 2000 Southeastern Conference. Read also Tinsley Mortimer
Bubba Watson Amateur career
Watson was born and raised in Bagdad, Florida, near Pensacola. He played on the golf team at Milton High School, which had featured future PGA Tour members, Heath Slocum, and Boo Weekley, just before he attended.
Watson played golf for Faulkner State Community College in nearby Baldwin County, Alabama, where he was a junior college All-American.
He transferred to the University of Georgia, the defending NCAA champions, and played for the Bulldogs in 2000 and 2001. As a junior, Watson helped lead the Bulldogs to the SEC title in 2000.
Bubba Watson Professional career
Watson turned professional in 2002 and joined the Nationwide Tour where he played until 2005. He finished 21st on the Nationwide Tour’s money list in 2005, making him the last player to qualify for the following year’s PGA Tour. As a rookie in 2006, he earned $1,019,264 (90th overall) and led the PGA Tour in driving distance at 319.6 yards (292.2 m).
His longest drive in the professional competition was 424 yards (388 m) on the PGA Tour at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
Watson played well at the 2007 U.S. Open. He was in the final group on Saturday after shooting rounds of 70-71 (+1) at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh. Watson was one stroke off the lead after 36 holes but then slipped, shooting 74 (+4) in both the third and fourth rounds; he finished in a tie for fifth.
Watson claimed his first PGA Tour win on June 27, 2010, in Cromwell, Connecticut, at the Travelers Championship on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Corey Pavin and Scott Verplank. Watson tearfully dedicated the win to his parents, specifically his father who was battling cancer.
Watson was runner-up to Martin Kaymer at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, falling in the three-hole aggregate playoff that initially included Dustin Johnson, before he incurred a two-stroke penalty on the 72nd hole.
Watson led the playoff after a birdie on the first hole, but Kaymer birdied the par-3 second hole to tie, effectively turning the playoff into sudden-death. Watson’s second shot found the water hazard and Kaymer bested him by a stroke to win the major championship.
Watson had his own clothing line called “Bubba Golf” at the former Steve & Barry’s. He was invited on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after he sent her a video of a golf trick shot he completed for her birthday.
On January 30, 2011, Watson won his second PGA Tour event, the Farmers Insurance Open, finishing one stroke ahead of runner-up Phil Mickelson.
Watson picked up his second win of the 2011 season and third career PGA Tour title on May 1 when he defeated Webb Simpson at the second playoff hole at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Both players birdied the first playoff hole, with Watson holding a 12-footer; he birdied the next hole to win the tournament.
In July 2011, Watson provoked controversy by criticizing the Alstom Open de France on the European Tour, in which he was playing under a sponsor’s exemption. He indicated after his first round that he would not be playing any further events on the European Tour, and complained after his second round about security and organization at the tournament.
Watson took part in the Long Drive Contest for charity at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions alongside Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus. He finished in second place, with the longest drive of 370 yards (338 m) behind a drive of over 400 yards (366 m) by Jamie Sadlowski.
Watson began the year with three top-5 finishes in seven events, including finishing second at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Watson’s first major championship win came at the Masters. He began the final round at six-under-par, three strokes off the lead, held by Peter Hanson. On the back nine, Watson bogeyed the par-3 12th hole to return to even par for the round. He then recorded four consecutive birdies for a round of 68 (-4) and tied for the 72-hole lead with fourth-round playing partner Louis Oosthuizen at ten-under-par.
In the sudden-death playoff, Oosthuizen and Watson both made par on the uphill 18th hole. On the next hole, the downhill 10th, both drove their tee shots towards the woods to the right of the hole. Oosthuizen’s landed in the rough 220 yards (200 m) away, while Watson’s ball landed deep in the woods on pine straw, 164 yards (150 m) from the pin without a clear shot to the green.
Watson executed a miraculous recovery shot with 40 yards of hook on his 52-degree gap wedge and stopped the ball within fifteen feet of the hole. Oosthuizen’s approach shot landed short of the green, but he chipped past the hole and narrowly missed his lengthy putt for par.
Watson trickled his birdie putt a foot past the hole, took his time on the very short par putt, then made it for the emotional victory. The win took him to a world ranking of four, a career-high at the time.
Rest of 2012
Following his Master’s win, Watson began to struggle. He missed the cut at the Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open. A week after the U.S. Open, he finished tied for second at the Travelers Championship. A month later, he played Open Championship, the third major of the year.
While shooting the first round of −3 to tie him at third place, he never advanced much after that, finishing tied for 23rd place. In the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, Watson tied for 11th. He finished the year with one win, six top-5 finishes, seven top-10 finishes, and three missed cuts.
Watson began the season playing the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he finished tied for fourth place and reached the quarterfinals in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. In the subsequent World Golf Championship event, the WGC-Cadillac Championship, he began very strong with rounds of 66 and 69, but finished with rounds of 71 and 75 and tied for 18th place.
After finishing tied 14th place in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he returned to the Masters as the defending champion. Never in contention in the tournament, he finished 50th after a final round of 77. Watson tied for 37th at The Players Championship. On the second major of the year, the U.S.
Open, he finished with a solid 71 in the first round, just four shots off the lead, but a second round score of 76 left him out of contention, and he tied for 32nd. At the Travelers Championship he took the lead after the second round of 67, but in the final round, leading by one with three to play, he triple-bogeyed the par-3 16th and finished two shots back in 4th place.
Tying for 30th at the Greenbrier Classic, he then played in the third major of the year, The Open Championship. After two solid rounds of 70 and 73, he shot 77 in the third round and tied for 32nd.
At the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Watson held the lead for most of the tournament, but he finished runner-up to Kevin Stadler.
Watson earned his fifth career PGA Tour victory—and his first since the 2012 Masters—at the 2014 Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. He shot back-to-back 64s over the weekend to defeat runner-up Dustin Johnson by two strokes. The victory raised him to 14 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
He followed that win with two more strong finishes—a ninth-place tie in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and a second-place tie in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Those performances elevated him from 14 to 12 in the world ranking.
Second Masters win
Watson won the Masters by three shots, with a score of 280 (−8). He entered the final round tied for the lead with 20-year-old Masters rookie Jordan Spieth. Playing together in the final pairing, Spieth birdied the seventh hole for a two-stroke lead over Watson. However, the momentum turned on the par-5 eighth hole.
Spieth had a birdie putt but ended up three-putting for bogey while Watson birdied to pull into a first-place tie. Then, on the ninth hole, Watson birdied again while Spieth bogeyed, and the four-shot swing over two holes gave Watson a lead that he never relinquished in a win over Spieth and Jonas Blixt.
With the win, Watson became the 17th player to win the Masters two or more times. The win moved him again to number four in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Watson won the Travelers Championship to move him to third in the Official World Golf Ranking. He garnered his second victory in 2015 by winning the unofficial Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, beating fellow American Patrick Reed by three strokes.
Prior to the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February, Watson caused a bit of controversy after publicly admitting his dislike for the course, TPC Scottsdale. As a result, he was jeered by fans for the majority of the tournament, later criticizing the media for “turning his words around”.
Two weeks later though, he returned to the winner’s circle after winning the Northern Trust Open at Riviera for the second time in three years, seeing off the challenge of Adam Scott and Jason Kokrak to win by one shot on 15-under-par.
Watson did not chalk a win during the 2017 season and missed the cut at three of the year’s four majors (the only cut a T27 at The Open Championship). He had five top-10 finishes with more than $1.3 million in tour earnings.
The 2018 season started with a T7 at the QBE Shootout in December 2017 marking the best of his first six starts. Watson returned to the winner’s circle with a 12-under finish at the Genesis Open in February, his third victory at this tournament (2014, 2016), all at Riviera.
His trifecta at the Genesis (previously known as the Los Angeles Open, Northern Trust Open, and Nissan Open) makes him only the fifth to win this long-standing event at least three times, along with Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Lloyd Mangrum, and Macdonald Smith.
On March 25, he gained his eleventh tour win at the WGC-Dell Match Play event in Austin, Texas, with a winner’s share of $1.7 million. On June 24, 2018, he won again at the Travelers Championship winning $1.26 million at TPC River Highlands. This was his third career victory at the Travelers tournament (2010, 2015).
In September 2018, Watson qualified for the U.S. team participating in the 2018 Ryder Cup. Europe defeated the U.S. team 17 1/2 to 10 1/2. Watson went 1–2–0. He lost his singles match against Henrik Stenson.
Bubba Watson Career Highlights
Watson started his professional career on the Nationwide Tour in 2001. For the first few years, he failed to make much of a showing. But in 2004, Watson seemed to be gaining momentum with two second-place finishes that season. He did even better in 2005, playing in 24 events and making five Top 10 and nine Top 25 appearances.
In 2006 the left-handed Watson moved up the PGA Tour. He had a third-place finish at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson that February and took home more than $1 million in PGA winnings for the season. Still, a tournament title eluded him until 2010. In June of that year, Watson won the Travelers Championship.
He dedicated this victory to his father who was battling cancer. He also was selected to play in the prestigious Ryder Cup that October. But along with all of this good news came a terrible loss.
Watson’s father passed away in October. “My dad got to see me win & play for the USA in the Ryder Cup,” Watson tweeted. The devoutly Christian golfer added, “God gave my family my best year & worst year!”
Bubba Watson Height and Weight
Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr. is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. One of the few left-handed golfers on tour, he is multiple major champions, with victories at the Masters Tournament in 2012 and 2014. He has a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) tall and weighs 82 kg.
Bubba Watson Net Worth And Salary
Bubba Watson first gained major international fame after winning the 2012 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Bubba won the Masters on Easter Sunday beating out Louis Oosthuizen and Phil Mickelson. Bubba was born Gerry Watson on November 5th, 1978 in Bagdad, Florida.
He is a rare left-handed pro golfer and currently one of the longest drivers on the tour. Watson attended the University of Georgia wherein 2000, he helped the Bulldogs win the Southeastern Conference Championship. Bubba turned pro in 2003 and went on to earn over $1 million in his rookie year.
He has since gone on to earn roughly $24 million in tournament winnings during his career so far. Off the course, Bubba earns $3-$5 million per year from endorsements. After winning the Masters, Bubba is sure to see his endorsement money and overall net worth skyrocket in the coming years.
Today he has endorsements deals with more than a dozen companies including Ping, Oakley, EA Sports, and eBay. In March 2013, Bubba purchased Tiger Woods’ Isleworth, Florida mansion for $2.2 million. This is the same infamous mansion where Tiger crashed his car after fighting with his wife after she discovered his infidelity.
On April 13, 2014, Bubba Watson won his second Masters Tournament title. He is the first person since Arnold Palmer to win the Masters twice in his first six starts. The winning payout for the 2014 Masters Tournament is $1.6 million. Watson achieved his career high for Official World Golf Ranking at #2 in 2015.
Bubba Watson is an American professional golfer who has a net worth of $30 million.
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Bubba Watson donates $20,000 to First Tee of Detroit in honor of Dan Gilbert
Detroit – Bubba Watson knew he wanted to do something to give back.
The two-time Masters champion is in town this week for the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club, and after watching Monday’s youth clinic at the club and understanding what Quicken Loans founder and chairman Dan Gilbert has done for the city, he was determined to chip in and try and help out.
“With Dan Gilbert, the Rocket Mortgage team, the tournament, I wanted to honor him somehow and the only way I could think of it, because of golf, is I’m going to donate $20,000 to The First Tee of Greater Detroit,” Watson said. “I saw the (youth) clinic yesterday. So, sometime today a check will be going out for 20-grand coming here to Detroit and being here for The First Tee in honor of Dan Gilbert.
“Dan has done so much for the city, means so much to him, and then obviously what his family’s going through right now and everything, it was just in my heart to show some love in a different way. So that was my way of trying to help the city and be a part of the city for this tournament.”
Gilbert, the 57-year-old Franklin businessman, went to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak on May 25 because he was feeling poorly. He had a stroke while at the hospital early the following morning, Quicken Loans officials have said.
Last week, company officials said Gilbert was discharged from the hospital and moved to an in-patient facility, typically the next step in recovery for stroke patients.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo knows Gilbert well. Gilbert is a Michigan State graduate and donated money to recent renovations at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. He also pushed hard in 2010 to hire Izzo to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers, which Gilbert owns.
Izzo said he’s confident Gilbert will bounce back.
“Thank God he’s making some progress,” Izzo said. “A lot of people need Dan. … The whole state needs him and that’s a lot of pressure. But I’m proud of what he’s done here and knowing him with his tenacity, he’ll get back to rocking and rolling.”Izzo was also impressed by Watson’s gesture.
“That’s awesome,” Izzo said. “I think what a lot of athletes don’t get credit for is there are so many things they do and so many people pulling at them. A little here, a little there and it adds up. So many of these guys do so many cool things for so many people.
“It makes me feel good for a superstar like that to care about an area that he has no real connection here. I think that tells you the human element of this thing.”
Watson is also focusing on getting some consistency back in his game. He finished tied for 12th at the Masters but has missed the cut in two of his last four events – the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open.
He won’t have much local knowledge to rely on. Watson has played in the state of Michigan just twice – at the Buick Open in 2008 and two weeks later at the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. He nearly won the Buick Open that year, finishing a shot behind champion Kenny Perry.
“It was the year I finished second, I hit a shot out of the trees on the 18th hole,” Watson said. “I think Kenny Perry won, is that right? A long time ago. I missed about a 15-footer to force a playoff, so that was the last time I remember playing (in Michigan).
I remember that because I wish I would have made the putt so that one sticks in my head.”He’ll hope to change his fortunes at Detroit Golf Club and pick up his first win of the season on a course he’s learning about quickly.
“Everything looks good,” Watson said. “There’s a lot of bunkers out there you’ve got to try to avoid. But when you come to a new course, you just try to learn it real fast. We can all play golf, so it just comes down to calming your mind down and focusing on the tee shots.”
Published: June 26, 2019