Masters Champion Bubba Watson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Watson waves to the crowd after 2013 champion Adam Scott presented Watson with the Green Jacket. (Getty)

Watson waves to the crowd after 2013 champion Adam Scott presented Watson with the Green Jacket. (Getty)

Twenty-year-old Jordan Spieth was the talk of the sports world for a good chunk of the day today, but when Spieth had a two-stroke lead and his eyes on becoming the youngest Masters champ in history, Bubba Watson made sure that didn’t happen.

Watson took the lead over Spieth on the ninth hole Sunday and held it throughout, winning his second Green Jacket in three years.

Here’s what you need to know about the two-time Masters champ:

1. He Won The Masters in 2012

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Watson, pictured above putting on the Green Jacket, won the Masters in 2012 for his first major victory.

2. He Can Out-Drive Just About Anyone

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Watson watches his tee shot on the 14th hole Saturday. (Getty)

With an average distance of more than 317 yards per drive, Watson leads the PGA Tour in driving distance — a key reason he’s one of the best players in the world.

3. He Played at the University of Georgia.

After starring at Faulkner State Community College in Alabama for two years, the native Floridian transferred to the University of Georgia, where he led the Bulldogs to the Southeastern Conference championship in 2000.

4. He’s Married to a Former WNBA Player



While at UGA, Watson met Angie Ball, a basketball player who went on to play in the WNBA. In 2012, the couple adopted a baby boy named Caleb, who’s pictured with Angie caddying for Bubba at the Masters Par 3 tournament last week.

5. His Real Name is Gerry



Watson’s given name is Gerry Lester Watson, Jr. He was nicknamed after former NFL star Bubba Smith.

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