keepingscore.blogs.time.com, By Sean Gregory
After Bubba Watson’s Masters win, look for pink driver sales to soar. And for the number golf lessons booked to fall.
Watson, the lefty, long-hitting American, who has never taken a golf lesson, is the Masters champ. Finally, one of the group of talented American hopefuls including Watson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, and Ben Crane – the quartet even produced a goofy YouTube video – has won a major. In the post-Tiger-scandal era, American golf fans have waited for one of these players to step up, and let’s face it, we’re glad it was Bubba, because we like saying “Bubba.”
Plus, there’s a lot to like about Bubba. Watson’s Twitter avatar is a shot of him standing by the General Lee, the iconic car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show; he recently paid $110,000 for it. The shot that clinched his playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen, who double-eagled the par-5 second hole earlier in the day, was one for the ages. Using his signature pink driver, Watson hooked his tee shot on the second playoff hole. But this being Bubba, the ball still had some distance: though it was lost in the woods, at least it was close the green.