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Weeks: Watson displays range of emotions at Augusta

Bob Weeks
4/9/2013 5:34:28 PM
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He laughed. He cried. He talked about hovercrafts.

It was just another wide-ranging media conference for Bubba Watson, the defending champion of the Masters and a guy who can go through emotions like a bucket of range balls.

In the course of about 45 minutes, Watson joked about whether the shot he hit from deep in the woods deserved a plaque.

"Well, who wouldn't want to see a plaque that says 'Bubba' in the middle of the pine straw?"

That got the pressroom chuckling. But moments later, the emotions went 180 degrees as the lefthander broke down when asked what he'd done with the Green Jacket since winning a year earlier.

"Out of respect and honour for Augusta National, as one of the greatest clubs we have, as one of the greatest tournaments, out of respect for them, I didn't do any of my funny antics that I normally would do. Only thing I did was wrap Caleb up in it."

Caleb is his son who he and his Toronto-born wife Angie adopted a day after winning the Masters.

That, in a nutshell, is Watson, a gregarious and fun-loving man with a wild talent for shaping a golf ball. The place from where he hit his most famous shaped shot has become a popular stop for patrons this week. Most hunt in the bushes for the location and, when finding it, look incredulously at how anyone could get a ball from there to the putting surface.

As much notoriety as Watson gained for that shot, it's possible it's been surpassed by his appearance as a member of the Golf Boys, the mock boys' band he formed with Ben Crane, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. The group's second video, released a month ago, has already garnered more than 3.5 million hits on YouTube and shown a different side of the foursome.

"Golf is a tough one to show personalities, because we are so focused on the golf course, we're focused on a tough golf course like this," said Watson, who dresses in overalls without shirt or shoes for the video. "It's tough to interact with the fans. So for us, you know, everybody has a charity golf tournament, all golfers do that because they're good at it. We just did it a different way."

When asked who the biggest star of the group was, Watson was blunt.

"The biggest star is obviously me and the weakest star is obviously me because I cry a lot," he said with a smirk.

"I thought about going solo. I figure I can do better without them. My outfit is the best."

Watson also got attention for another video that appeared in the last week, one of him riding a new hovercraft golf cart, which he says was cool but might not catch on.

Watson arrives at Augusta with almost the same record as a year ago. He missed the cut at the Northern Trust Open but has been in the top 20 in his other five starts. However, the various stats tell a different story, one of play that's not quite as sharp as when he drove down Magnolia Lane a year ago.

"So who knows how I'll play," said Watson, who missed several weeks earlier in the year to an illness that sapped him of strength. "I could miss the cut; I could win. You never know what's going to happen. I feel the same, I feel good. But if you're a stats guy, you look and say, Bubba is not playing as good as last year."

But clearly Bubba is having as much fun as last year and who, if he should manage to somehow win again, the laughter and the tears will surely follow.




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