Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson returned home from a media tour in New York two weeks ago and hung his green jacket in the closet.
He hasn’t seen it since.
Life has been moving at a faster pace than Watson imagined since he hooked that sand wedge off the pine straw, around the trees and onto the 10th green at Augusta National Golf Club to win a sudden-death playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and capture his first major.
He and his wife, Angie, adopted a month-old boy named Caleb just two weeks before the Masters. His first act as Masters champion was to cradle the boy the next morning and feed him from the bottle, before leaving the next day for his media tour.
As for changing diapers? That’s coming along at a slightly slower pace.
“Not that I have a count, but it’s only five I’ve changed,” Watson said. “And they’ve been easy to change.”
The win at Augusta isn’t a distant memory by any stretch.
His clothing company made up a tiny green jacket for his son, which hangs in the closet next to the real one.
There have been diagrams that Watson’s caddie posted on Twitter illustrating the 40-yard hook of a shot from trees right of the 10th fairway on the second extra hole, which somehow not only landed on the green, but checked up and settled 15 feet away for a par.
Watson might have been the last guy to realize how close his shot was to the flag.
“I was expecting front of the green, maybe center of the green at best, because you never expect it to be that close,” he said.
“But it came off and I couldn’t see it. I ran to the fairway and I heard them roar, and I said, ‘Where is it?’ … So I saw it, and I go, ‘Whew, I’m pretty good.’ That’s how it all went down.
And while the past two weeks have been mostly about his new family, it didn’t take long to realize he gets to play the Masters the rest of his career, with a few extra privileges as the champion.
“I think there’s a new rule where I can take a guest, play Sunday before the Masters,” he said.
“My wife said that she will be glad to play Sunday before the Masters next year. That’s when I realized that every year I get to take a guest. I’ll have a bunch of new friends. My cell phone number will be changed many times.”