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Bubba Watson at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. (Getty Images)

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There are less painful ways to meet your heroes, but none more efficient: A fan who came to the Zurich Classic in New Orleans to watch newly minted Masters champion Bubba Watson got hit by an errant drive off the club of … Bubba Watson.

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"Other than that hole, Mr. Leonard, how was the tournament?" (AP)

Radd Leonard of Baton Rouge was on the second hole at TPC Louisiana watching one of Bubba's big, booming hooks that kept booming and kept hooking … right into the back of his head as he ducked away. The ball rebounded into the fairway even as Leonard began bleeding all over the place.

And from there began a new chapter in Bubba lore. Watson signed a glove for Leonard while his caddy requested that Leonard angle his head next time to allow the ball to fly a little farther down the fairway. (He was joking, of course.)

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Leonard's shirt was stained with blood, but Zurich Classic folks gave him a shirt (conveniently colored red). Leonard then proceeded to follow Watson around the front nine.

''I'll be all right,'' Leonard told the AP. ''As long as I didn't black out, I figured everything was OK.''

And all will be OK, as long as Leonard doesn't start jumping in front of Watson's car or anything.

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