Big Bubbas do cry

Bubba Watson of the U.S. celebrates winning the Masters with his mother Mollie during a playoff in...

Bubba Watson of the U.S. celebrates winning the Masters with his mother Mollie during a playoff in the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, April 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Phil Noble)

Jon McCarthy , QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:53 PM ET

AUGUSTA - “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my distinct pleasure and honour to introduce to you, 2012 Masters champion, Bubba Watson.”

Silence.

The media in the interview room doesn’t clap for anyone.

“No, No, hold your applause,” says the new Masters champ as he starts applauding for himself.

That’s Bubba for you.

He’s goofy. He likes to have fun. He makes silly YouTube videos with his pals.

But there’s another side to the 33-year-old Watson. The emotional side of a man who has been through his share of personal struggles. He can’t say that winning the green jacket is a dream come true because he says he has never had a dream go this far.

When asked to describe his style of play, he refers to it as “Bubba Golf.”

“I attack. I always attack. I don’t like to go to the centre of the greens. I want to hit the incredible shot; who doesn’t?”

Asked to talk about what Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said during the ceremony on the 18th green, he says, “I blacked out.”

Earlier in the week Watson got choked up answering a question about what winning the Masters would mean to him after mentioning his wife Angie and the couple’s newly-adopted son Caleb.

Sitting in the interview room wearing his new green jacket the question had a similar effect.

“I still can’t finish my answer,” he said. “It’s just — mmm ... Man, I don’t know”

The child-like playfulness and open-nature that makes Watson such a joy to be around also makes him vulnerable and emotional. Watson and his wife started the adoption process four years ago and it finally all came together two weeks ago in Bay Hill at Arnie’s tournament.

But not without some heartache along the way.

“On Monday of Bay Hill, we got turned down,” he said. “Then we made a call to an organization, Chicks in Crisis, in California on Tuesday morning. And on Tuesday night she said, ‘We have one for you if y’all ready to accept.’”

Baby Caleb and wife Angie are waiting home in Florida for the champion to arrive home.

The goofy side of Watson already was thinking about getting home to see his family when defending champ Charl Schwartzel was putting the green jacket on him at the 18th green.

“There was a helicopter flying in the distance, and Charl, he’s a pilot, and he’s a helicopter pilot, he’s got both licenses,” Watson said. “I wanted to nudge him and go, “You know what kind of helicopter that is?”

That is what makes Watson so unique; that both sides of his personality are on display at the same. He is a self-proclaimed headcase, but he doesn’t use his goofball side to deflect from his soft underbelly. Everything is in the open for the world to see.

Watson remembers on the first date with Angie listening to her explain to him that she couldn’t have children of her own. Watson — a born-again Christian — remembers saying that “if God tells us he wants us to adopt, we’ll adopt.”

That’s why waiting for positive word years later was so difficult on him.

“Monday at Bay Hill we got turned down, which was heartbreaking, watching my wife, and then on Tuesday, we got the great news,” Watson says as tears well up in his eyes.

Sitting in the interview room in his green jacket it’s clear that Watson has come a long way from the guy who, as he puts it, “was going the wrong way.”

After years of being emotionally tied to every golf shot, to the point where his caddie threatened to leave him, Watson is now on top of the golf world.

What’s the ceiling for Watson’s golf career?

“The ceiling? Major champion. I think I’m done, right? I mean I can’t do any better than this.”

Watson returned home to Florida late Sunday night.

 


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