Bubba Watson is a professional golfer who is known for being among the few golfers on tour who are left-handed. The American, who was nicknamed Bubba by his father after former professional American football player Bubba Smith, is one of the leading players on the PGA Tour and also a multi-major champion.
Who is Bubba Watson?
Bubba Watson was born Gerry Lester Watson Jr. to Gerry Sr. and Molly Marie Watson on November 5, 1978, in Bagdad, Florida. He is one of two children born to his parents. He has a sister named Melinda Watson Conner.
Watson picked up interest in golf at around the age of six after being introduced to the sport by his father following a trip to the golf course. He soon became obsessed with the sport, choosing to practice daily in the family backyard instead of playing with toys.
He then attended Milton High School in Milton, Florida, where he began playing amateur golf and caught the eyes of enthusiasts. He went on to attend Faulkner State Community College where he continued to impress and earned a spot on the first-team Junior College All-American. He subsequently transferred to the University of Georgia who was at the time, the NCAA golf defending champion. In his first year with the team, as a junior, he helped them bag the 2000 Southeastern Conference title.
After his senior year, Bubba Watson turned professional by joining the Nationwide Tour. His first few years were not memorable as he struggled to show the skills and form that made him a sensation in college. Watson eventually found form in 2004 with two second-place finishes. This continued throughout the decade as he rose in the PGA Tour rankings even though a tournament title proved elusive.
Fast forward to 2010, Bubba Watson finally tasted victory in the Travelers Championship. His victory earned him a selection to play in the prestigious Ryder Cup in October that year. The year proved to be a breakthrough one professionally for the golfer. His success was however dampened by the personal loss as his father, whom he described as being an inspiration to him, passed away following a long battle with throat cancer.
Bubba Watson enjoyed more success in 2011 when he won two more championships; the Farmers Insurance Open and the Zurich Classic. In 2012, he started the year with three top-5 finishes in seven events before going on to remarkably beat South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden-death playoff to wear the distinctive green jacket and win the Masters Tournament, his first major championship. The victory also took him to a career-high fourth position on the golf rankings.
In 2014, Watson beat off stiff competition from young golfing sensation Jordan Spieth to win his second major championship at Augusta National Golf Club.
Who Is Bubba Watson’s Wife, Angie Watson?
Bubba Watson is married to former Canadian basketball player Angela “Angie” Watson (née Ball) who was born on June 11, 1977, in Toronto, Canada.
The pair met while attending the University of Georgia where Bubba was playing on the school’s golf team while Angie was on the women’s basketball team. They exchanged vows in 2004.
Watson revealed that on his first date with his future wife, she told him that she was unable to have kids to which he replied that there is nothing better than giving a child a home which means they can adopt. The couple carried on with their relationship while still pursuing their individual dreams of being professional athletes. This meant that at times, their relationship was a long-distance one because while Bubba was off playing on the PGA Tour, she was playing professional basketball in Italy and France.
Angie, who is 6 feet 3 inches tall, eventually returned back to the U.S. to play in the Women’s National Basketball Association for the Charlotte Sting. Injuries that season prevented her from making an impact in the league and resulted in her retiring from the game. She went on to help manage her husband’s businesses.
Due to family and health issues, it took the couple almost a decade to adopt a child. In 2012, the couple adopted their first child, a son named Caleb. Two years later, they adopted another child, this time, a girl named Dakota.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts about Bubba Watson
Birth Name: Gerry Lester Watson, Jr.
Date of Birth: November 5, 1978
Place of Birth: Bagdad, Florida
Height: 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Weight: 82 kg (180 lbs)
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio