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Bubba Watson, Masters Champ and Adoptive Dad
Yesterday was a momentous day for Bubba Watson. Not only did he win his second Masters Championship, but his two-year-old son, Caleb, ran onto the 18th green to hug him. When Watson won his first Masters in 2012, it coincided with Caleb’s adoption. Angie, his wife, and the baby were required to spend a month in Florida as the adoption was finalized, and watched on TV as Watson won the title.
Adoption was on the couple’s mind from their first date, Watson said, when Angie told him that she could not have children. Married in 2004, Watson and Angie, a former pro basketball player, were matched with one-month-old Caleb in 2012 after a four year journey to adopt a child.
"Learning to be a dad and then learning to have a green jacket is two big things to adjust to," Watson said. "Finally I got adjusted to it, and here we are with another green jacket."
According to reports, after the jacket ceremony Watson spoke about how difficult it was to become a father and Masters champion within weeks of each other. "My son, being adopted, didn't have a male figure in his life for the first month of his life," he said. "So, getting used to smell, touch, feel, sound, everything, I had to be there for my son. And so golf was the farthest thing from my mind. So I took off some tournaments. Trying to be a good husband, a good dad at that moment was the most important thing."
But as Sunday’s win showed, he’s back in a big way.
"I hate to say this, because I have it on right now," Watson said, "But having my son means more to me than the green jacket."