The Green Jacket goes to Bubba

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bubba watson and mom The Green Jacket goes to Bubba

Bubba Watson and his mom, Molly
(Image: AP)

This year’s winner of the Masters golf tournament had to emerge from the weeds to take it all.

AP’s Jim Militello is in Georgia and spent the weekend at Augusta National to take in the first golf major of the year. He provides the back story on Bubba Watson, as well as the latest on Tiger Woods, and the IBM female CEO who’s been at the center of discussion in recent days.

With his ball perched atop pine needles far right of the fairway with a better view of a TV tower than the green, Bubba Watson hooked his way out of trouble and into history at the Masters on Sunday. His 155-yard curveball landed on the green and Watson wrapped it up with a no-stress two-putt on the 10th green to clinch his first major. He then sobbed hard on his mother’s shoulder.

It was a bittersweet celebration as his father, Gerry, died 18 months ago after a long bout with cancer. But waiting at home for him is his wife, Angie, and their adopted newborn son, Caleb.

“The thing is, golf is not my everything,” Watson said. “But for me to come out here and win, it’s awesome for a week and then we get back to real life. I haven’t changed a diaper yet, so I’m probably going to have to change a diaper soon.”

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