AUGUSTA — Yesterday, Bubba Watson thought he had it all.
A wife and a new son, wealth and the fame that came with being a professional golfer.
He didn’t even know he needed a green jacket.
The playful former Georgia golfer with the jaunty gait and the clumsy swings has one now, and after wearing the same white outfits with pink trim all weekend, his closet could use the color.
He outdueled Louis Oosthuizen through a pair of playoff holes, using what he and his caddie call “Bubba Golf” and his signature hook to land on the greens on Augusta National Golf Club’s No. 10 and two-putted his way to his first major victory at the Masters Tournament.
Watson had visions of himself lining up for that winning shot and imagined himself in that situation when he played the course once a year while a Georgia golfer.
But he never took the putt, so he never knew what it felt like until it was real.
“I’ve never had a dream go this far, so I can’t really say it’s a dream come true,” Watson said after donning the green jacket.
Now there’s no need to imagine it any different. The rest of his dreams will stay the same, Watson said. He has his family, he touted his strong Christian faith, and now he is on his way to achieving the professional goals he set for himself.
“As of less than two years ago, it seems like I didn’t have a win,” Watson said. “Now I’ve got four. My goal, my dream, has always been to have 10 wins. And you know, this is a step in that right direction.
“This is what everybody strives to do. No matter how much you want to live your life other ways, this is an honor, a special privilege, to put on the green jacket. I watched it as a kid, watched it growing up, at the University of Georgia we talked about this tournament.”
So where does Bubba Golf go from here? There are no bigger tournaments — more, for sure, but none bigger or more dramatic — and there’s always fatherhood to conquer. Watson said he has yet to change his month-old son’s diaper, and he joked Sunday’s victory might buy him another week or two of his wife, Angie, doing it.
All of it is already too good to be true, Watson said.
“The ceiling (for Bubba Golf)? Major champion. I think I’m done, right?” Watson said. “I mean, I can’t do any better than this.
“I’ve won four times and won a major. So who knows? That’s the best part about history — we don’t know the future. We don’t know anything. Hopefully I keep crying. Hopefully I keep having the passion to play golf and doing what I’m doing.”
And if he does, there will now always be a spot for him in Augusta National’s champions locker room to get dressed and a course where he can use his imagination again.