This self-taught sports star was born in 1978 as Gerry Lester Watson Jr. Bubba Watson grew up in the city of Bagdad, Florida. He visited a golf course at a tender age of six and that was a turning point in his interest in sports.
He had an impressive amateur golfing career. He attended the Milton High School and while playing collegiate golf for Faulkner State Community College was a first-team junior college All-American. He then transferred to The University Of Georgia and helped his team claim the title at the 2000 Southeastern Conference.
Bubba Watson turned professional in 2001 and his fist professional tour was the Nationwide Tour. His first few seasons were not that impressive however in 2004 he ended the season with two second-place finishes. In 2005 he showed a remarkable performance, during which he played 24 events and made it to the five top-tens and nine top-twenty-fives. In February 2006 he finished third at the Chrysler Classic of Tuscon. June 2006 he won The Travelers Championship and dedicated the win to his father who was battling cancer who passed away on October the same year. He was selected as a member of the October Ryder Cup as well.
In 2011 January Bubba Watson won The Farmers Insurance Open and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, May. He finished second in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. His major win came with the 2012 Masters Tournament by defeating Louis Oosthuizen. However the rest of 2012 was a struggle for him. He finished tied for the second position At The Travelers Championship a week after his U.S. Open. The next month he played the third major of the year, The Open Championship but finished tied for the 23rd place. Later that year he finished tied for the 11th place at the PGA Championship.