AUGUSTA, Ga. — Somewhere buried in the backs of thousands of closets in America are BubbaGolf shirts.

They were sold in 276 Steve & Barry’s clothing stores, including one at Cedar Rapids’ Westdale Mall.

Watson held a news conference on the day before the 2007 John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., to announce the clothing line. He was a second-year PGA Tour player who hadn’t yet won on that circuit and was another three years from doing so.

To the media mopes who attended his news event in the hospitality tent behind TPC of Deere Run’s 17th green, it was a free lunch and a free shirt.

Two days later, Watson was disqualified from the Deere for using a club after he bent it. He was on his way to missing the 36-hole cut anyway. The next year, Steve & Barry’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and was out of business by 2009.

So Bubbagolf, the clothing line, disappeared. Bubba’s golf, however, had yet to hint at the enormous moments to come.

Sunday, Watson simply wouldn’t fold on the back nine holes at Augusta National. The most-dramatic thing about the back nine was the fact Watson didn’t play it safe on the par-5 15th, instead opting to punch his second shot through some trees and over the pond in front of the green.

“To even consider that shot considering the position he’s in. I give up,” David Feherty said during the CBS telecast. “I’m in a state of shock at him doing that with a three-shot lead.”

But Watson carried the water with a wicked draw, parred the hole, pet a 3-shot lead, and held it to the end.

“You know me,” Watson said in his winner’s news conference.

Read more:
facebook twitter rss mobile google plus
email alerts you tube hooplanow pinterest instagram

What's On KCRG