The demise of Tiger Woods is the perfect time for a brash player the likes of Bubba Watson to burst on the scene. Watson can be bold at times and his perceived backwoods qualities endear him to the fringe golf fans across the country.
Bubba Watson isn't exactly the PGA Tour's every-man but he is a fun-loving pro who is enjoying his moment to the fullest as he tours the country with his brand new green jacket. The 2012 Masters Champion is hitting every radio show and television show possible and the man is gaining legions of fans by the day.
Watson's appearance on "Late Night with David Letterman" was classic Bubba and classic Letterman. Letterman, raised in the Midwest, took an instant liking to Watson. Letterman asked Watson to describe his personal style of play and approach to the game and Watson responded with a laugh, "Awesome!"
Letterman loved the line and repeated it several times throughout the show. The line is pure Bubba Watson at his best and the only golfer who could ever get away with the line is Watson. Bubba is one of the best at getting the crowd excited and when he hits one of his wild or creative shots and succeeds, he electrifies the crowd.
Watson's shot out of the pine needles will live on in Masters lore for years to come. The shot has become an ESPN SportsCenter favorite already, made the cover of Sports illustrated and was the talk of Monday morning mainstream talk radio.
Will the PGA Tour embrace the growing popularity of Watson? They have no choice. The fans of Tiger Woods have faded as he struggles and now Watson and his new throng of fans will be embraced by the PGA Tour as the season enters its most exciting stretch.
Will the new fans of Watson bring back memories of the movie "Happy Gilmore?" Don't count on an unruly mob invading the next PGA Tour stop featuring Watson but Bubba will bring a new fringe fan to upcoming PGA tournaments.
Watson will also bring the ladies out of the woodwork but don't count on Watson making any appearances on TMZ in the near future. Watson is a family man and his guilty pleasure is driving around his recently purchased replica of the General Lee. The General Lee is a '70s Dodge Charger featured in the television series and movie, "Dukes of Hazard."
Who needs Tiger Woods anymore? Bubba Watson's unique style will save the PGA Tour from obscurity and change the way fringe fans follow golf. Ready or not, Bubba Golf is here to stay and don't be surprised if he wins another major before the season ends.
*Todd Jacobs is an avid golfer who attends several PGA Tour events a season.
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