Monday, April 9, 2012
Bubba Watson Now Owns An Enormous Green Jacket
Bubba Watson visibly battled nerves, the course, and a man known to many as "Shrek" Sunday afternoon to win the 76th Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Course.
You all watched so I won't recap the entire thing, but dang! It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside to see a guy struggling to keep the ball in the fairway still somehow come away with the victory.
It also helps when it's one of the largest, funniest, most powerful hitters on tour doing it.
Major credit to Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen who played absolutely brilliant Sunday. His nerves popped up as well at the wrong time, but his round was fantastic and he seems like another great guy who enjoys himself out there (most of the time).
You have to love the outburst of emotions at the end for Mr. Watson too. I know the roller coaster I was on for the last hour. It makes you wonder how these guys don't just bottle up and explode at the most crucial moment.
Now, I'm probably just turning into a cranky old man, but Jim Nantz has worn thin on me. All his broadcasts amount to him pontificating about moments that haven't even happened yet. He theorizes and attempts to qualify everything in hushed tones as a grand historical contest.
"Hello friends, and what would this mean for the young man from Georgia? Could he be the next Jimmy Demaret? Let's go out to Verne Lundquist who's napping on the 16th hole..."
And then Jim makes Bubba cry again in Butler Cabin.
"I bet you really miss your brand new kid and super tall wife. What's it like being separated from them during your most important professional accomplishment?" Cue the waterworks.
I was instantly reminded of Jerry Macguire and the ongoing joke that ESPN's Roy Firestone made everyone on his show cry. Lay off our Bubba Nantz!
A few more props are due for the rest of the Golf Boys, the PGA's exclusive boy band.
For those who somehow don't know, the group features Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan.
All of them finished tied for 27th or better and including Bubba's $1.4 million paycheck, the group made a touch under $1.8 million for the week. That's okay.
Now you must view or re-view the official music video for their song "Oh, Oh, Oh" and watch the behind the scenes stuff. Almost as good as the actual video. Hilarious, plus it all helps charity.
Also, remember these tips the next time you're at a wedding reception or just dancing in the street: "steeeck, steeeck, bounce, bounce" and "HALLLOo0o0o!!!? ESCUSE ME!? .... we are closed for business!"