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Can't Wait to See Bubba Post-Masters: A Fan's Take

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It was one of the most popular wins in recent history at the Masters, and it wasn't Tiger, Phil or Rory.

It was a story of hard work, perseverance and belief.

It was Bubba Watson, and--to me--it wasn't totally unexpected. Bubba Watson has been playing good golf for a while now, and when playing well meets a course that is playing into your hands, you have to take advantage of that opportunity and Watson did. He believed he could win.

He might have another opportunity to win this week as he takes the course at the TPC Louisiana for the Zurich Classic, where he is the defending champion.

At 7,520 yards, the course is playing long and with winds and water hazards, it's going to play tough. Right into Bubba Watson's hands, I say.

It's his first start since his Masters victory, and it will be interesting to see how Watson responds.

''I'm pretty exhausted for this week,'' Watson said on Wednesday. ''I've been playing pretty solid all year; my worst finish is 18th. So the advantage is I'm just playing good right now.''

With a Masters Green Jacket in his closet, Watson doesn't want to rest on his laurels and feels a sense of obligation as a major champion.

''Some people were saying that, you know, I could take time off, spend time with family, but I just felt like it was the right thing to do for everybody involved with the tournament, the volunteers, everybody that's put the effort in for this week, the charities that are affected by this tournament," Watson added.

It's refreshing, but it's also risky. The PGA season is a long and winding road, and, at the moment, Watson is in the driver's seat. He'll be doing more appearances that he ever did before, and he'll be signing an endless amount of autographs anywhere he goes.

A less mature player would probably lose some focus with all this going on, but it doesn't appear to be impacting Watson. It's a good sign to all that he back out playing golf this week, and he really did a good job the past few weeks with media obligations.

Still, I can't wait to see how he plays in these first two rounds at the Zurich. I think he can ride this wave and it could continue all year.

Bubba's made a believer out of me.

Rick Limpert covers sports, technology and events. He's been following the career of Bubba Watson since played golf at the University of Georgia.

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