What exactly is it that makes Bubba Watson one of the most likeable golfers on the PGA tour? For starters, he just won the Masters. Bubba defeated Louis Oosthuizen on Sunday on the second hole of a playoff thanks in large part to one of the best golf shots you will ever see. Aside from that, he’s just different. The 33-year-olf Watson is a lefty, often wears white from head to toe, and buttons his golf shirts all the way up. He’s the longest hitter on the tour with an average of 313.1 yards per drive and can draw and fade shots better than anyone, yet he has never taken a golf lesson or watched film of his swing in his life. And then there’s the pink driver.
Watson uses a pink Ping driver as part of a fundraising effort he has in place for the 2012 season. According to his personal website, Bubba has started the Drive to a Million project in hopes of raising $1 million for charity this season. By using the pink driver, Bubba has gotten Ping to agree to make a donation of $300 to Phoenix charities for the first 300 drives that he hits longer than 300 yards in 2012. With the way he’s playing, that $90,000 should take no time to raise.
If unique is your thing, Bubba is your guy. Not only does he march to the beat of his own drum, but Watson seems to be one of the genuine good guys in professional sports today. This guy with his crazy tattoo may have been ahead of the curve, but Sunday gave us all a great opportunity to meet one of the strangest golfers the game has ever seen. And I mean that in the best way possible.
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