x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Bubba Watson masters the change after wearing the green jacket

Balancing duties of fatherhood and media obligations, the champion has taken the hectic life in his stride.

Bubba Watson's green jacket has remained in the wardrobe but there is an extra tiny one for his baby.
Bubba Watson's green jacket has remained in the wardrobe but there is an extra tiny one for his baby.

Bubba Watson, the Masters champion, returned home from a media tour in New York two weeks ago and hung his green jacket in the wardrobe.

He has not seen it since.

Life has been moving at a faster pace than Watson imagined since he hooked that sand wedge off the pine straw, around the trees and on to the 10th green at Augusta National to win a sudden-death play-off over Louis Oosthuizen and capture his first major.

He and his wife, Angie, adopted a month-old boy named Caleb just two weeks before the Masters. His first act as the Masters champion was to cradle the boy the next morning and feed him from a bottle, before leaving the next day for his media tour.

As for changing nappies?

That iss coming along at a slightly slower pace. "Not that I have a count, but it's only five I've changed," Watson said. "And they've been easy to change."

So much has changed in one month. A new father. A major champion. And two weeks after trying to let it all soak in, it is time for Watson to get back to work. He is defending his title this week in New Orleans at the Zurich Classic.

If not for the responsibility he feels to defend, Watson would much rather be home. "We figured out we've had him [Caleb] for a month, and I've been home, I think at the most, nine days, maybe eight days," Watson said.

"So it's not enough, not a lot. So it's hard leaving him. It was hard leaving today, but that's the change. That's the excitement of waking up every morning, no matter how tired you are, no matter how red your eyes are, just seeing him pretty much do nothing - just lay there."

His clothing company made up a tiny green jacket for his son, which hangs in the wardrobe next to the real one.

Watson's Masters win was popular for several reasons.

His late father taught him how to grip a golf club and the fundamentals of the swing, and Watson took it from there.

He has never had a coach, he was groomed on public courses and would much rather play golf than beat balls on the practice range or stare into a video to figure out his swing."I play golf because it's fun," Watson said.

"Everybody can see that my swing is home-grown. That means everybody has a chance to do it. Hard work, dedication, practice and the drive to do it, and not worry about what other people say."

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