Perhaps one of the most grounded Masters champions already, Bubba Watson got another dose of reality before he could even come down from the euphoria of winning at Augusta National on Sunday.
Before his media tour storm could begin — including appearances on Piers Morgan Tonight and the Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday — the new father of an adopted son, Caleb, had other things to tend to at home.
“Changed my 1st 2 diapers today!! #MastersChamp,” Watson wrote on Twitter.
It appeared as if the 33-year-old from Bagdad, Fla., was staying level following the life-changing major victory ... but maybe not.
“Hey @BarackObama when we playing a game of Bball at your home court,” he also wrote on Twitter.
And this gem:
“Feels good to be awesome.”
All joking aside, the devout Christian with a fun-loving personality had his priorities straight heading into Sunday’s final round on Easter weekend:
“3 reasons tomorrow will be awesome,” he wrote Saturday night. “1. Jesus has risen. 2. See my new baby boy & my wife. 3. Masters Sunday.”
Keeping it real
Speaking of having a great perspective on life, Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen isn’t dwelling on what could have been.
The South African, nicknamed Shrek, boarded a plane Monday with friend and 2011 Masters champ Charl Schwartzel and headed for Malaysia for the European Tour event there.
“I am still a little disappointed that it didn’t go my way but it’s just one of those things,” Oosthuizen told the EuropeanTour.com. “It just makes me want that jacket even more now. Last week certainly has given me a lot of confidence on that golf course because I had never made the cut there but now I know I can play the course.”
Easy on the thanks
One of Oosthuizen’s mentors, Ernie Els, praised his young countryman Tuesday on his PGATour.com blog.
Els said it was weird watching the Masters on TV for the first time in 18 years, but still got a charge out of Oosthuizen’s performance.
“I really thought he was going to add a green jacket to his Claret Jug,” Els said. “I know he’s disappointed not to have won, but he can certainly hold his head high and be proud of the way he played.
Els helped support Oosthuizen’s early career through his Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation but the classy veteran said he owes him nothing.
“I remember when Louis won the Open at St. Andrews back in 2010,” Els said. “Over the years he has publicly thanked me for his time at our Foundation, but he doesn’t need to. The way he has made the most of his opportunities will always be thanks enough.”
Don’t look now, but another solid outing from Adam Hadwin has put him where he wants to be early in the Nationwide Tour campaign.
The 24-year-old from Abbottsford, B.C., tied for fifth at the Soboba Golf Classic in Jacinto, Calif., and vaulted from 68th on the money list to inside the all-important top-25, where he sits at 22nd.
Just ahead of him, at number 20, is fellow Canadian Brad Fritsch, who missed the cut at the Soboba but has a tie for fifth and a tie for seventh after five events on the Nationwide schedule.
Fritsch has $36,683 in earnings, while Hadwin, up from 68th place on the money list, is at $35,748.
Hadwin recently said making the jump from the Canadian Tour to the Nationwide took some getting used to. While he said golf is golf, no matter where you play, the game is just a little more sharp at the next level.
“I just had to get back into the hang of things,” Hadwin said. “There’s not a ton of difference, everything’s just a little bit sharper, the overall game. They don’t make the course-management errors you see on the Canadian tour. “The short game — putting, wedges — is just a step better. They don’t hit the ball any better out here. They don’t hit the ball any better out on (the PGA) tour for that matter. It’s just, everything from 100 yards in, is a thousand times better.”
Hadwin came into the season with some hype when he was named by the PGA Tour as the No. 2 player to watch. After a slow start, missing two cuts, he’s now rounding into form. Hadwin and Fritsch tee it up this week at the TPC Stonebrae Championship in Hayward, Calif.
Watson’s signature pink G20 driver now will be available to the public with PING making a limited edition of 5,000 available to weekend duffers.
Unless you want it as a keepsake or you can hit it like Bubba, do you really want to draw that much attention to yourself on the tee?
A cut — 5% of the $430 price — goes to a worthy cause, cancer prevention and research. Watson’s Bubba and Friends Drive to a Million campaign donates $300 for every drive over 300 yards, which, for him, is pretty much all of them.
Pink panther coming
The inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic announced Wednesday that Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie and Charlottetown, P.E.I.’s Lorie Kane have signed on to play in the event.
Tickets are now on sale for the event, which is to be played June 20-24 at Waterloo, Ont.’s Grey Silo Golf Course.
Harbour Town Golf Links (7,101 yards, par 71), Hilton Head, S.C.
* Canadians back in action, including Graham DeLaet, David Hearn, Mike Weir and Stephen Ames
European Tour/Asian Tour
Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, West Course (7,000 yards, par 72)
* Louis Oosthuizen tries to overcome his playoff loss at the Masters.