BUBBA MASTERS AUGUSTA……..by Mike Livingston; Co-Host, The CaddyShack Radio Show
In golf terms, maybe the holiest of weeks ended on arguably our country’s second biggest holiday with a crescendo! Fans of all ages had to love the ebb and flow of Easter Sunday’s back nine and the constantly changing leaderboard that showed over and over what pressure is all about as golf’s first major came down to a playoff between former major winner, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen and sentimental favorite and American, Bubba Watson, still seeking his first.
Well maybe it just the southern setting or the growing support from the unusually-boisterous gallery who rallied support over and over as the afternoon wore on, but the shot that no one will ever forget, (least of all Bubba) was an approach from the right trees on the second playoff hole after an errant tee shot left him seemingly for dead. Oosthuizen, although right off the tee still had an open look at the green and came-up well short leaving him a pitch for his third. Bubba however, somehow managed to hit the green from back in woods and two-putt for his first major win and opening the flood gates for the tears that followed. Swarmed by his Mother and his many fellow friends on Tour who waited patiently to see it for themselves and then greet him personally, Watson was overwhelmed in the moment and humbled during his media junket thereafter. He stopped several times to compose himself and to mention his Father whom he lost several years ago.
This marks the fourteenth different champion of the last fourteen majors…..is this a trend or does this just signify how many truly good young players there are on Tour right now? Good question…..one we’ll talk about this and every week on The Caddy Shack. Listen in, will you?..……Fore!
Mike Livingston is the Co-Host of The Caddy Shack Radio Show on KNEWS 94.3 FM on Saturday Mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m.; Additionally, Mike is the Director of Management for Personalized Property Management Company, in Cathedral City.