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NEW YORK – Less than 48 hours after winning the Masters, Bubba Watson flew to New York City on Tuesday for a whirlwind media tour. PGATOUR.COM’s Helen Ross is with Bubba in Manhattan and will file updates as he makes visits on several TV and radio shows, including an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.


UPDATES: BUBBA WATSON’S NYC VISIT (all times ET)

9:35 p.m. — Piers Morgan just tweeted: This @bubbawatson interview is one of my all time favourites. Great guy. Tune in to #CNN now and see for yourself.

6:45 p.m. — Wednesday’s itinerary includes stops at CBS “This Morning” as well as MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Watson will also tape an appearance on the “Charlie Rose Show” that will air on Wednesday and there will be live interviews with CNN’s Kyra Phillips, Fox News  and World Sport. Check back in the TOUR Report on Wednesday to follow along with Bubba.

6:15 p.m. — OK. Tuesday’s interviews are over. All that stands between Bubba, dinner and some much needed sleep is an interview with PGA TOUR Entertainment for “Inside the PGA TOUR.”

6:14 p.m. — The last question Bubba is asked on PTI is whether he can see any other majors in his future. “For sure. Obviously, I think Augusta sets up well for me. But I think some of the others could if the courses are right.” You can see this interview on Wednesday.

5:59 p.m. — As Bubba sits in the waiting room outside the studio where he is going to tape his appearance on “Pardon The Interruption,” Ana Leaird’s cell phone rings. The PGA TOUR vice president exchanges pleasantries, then says “He’s about 10 feet away from me. Would you like to speak with him?” With that, she hands the phone to Watson, who finds himself talking with Greg Norman. Bubba’s first words to the legendary Aussie, “I learned that shot from you.” Everyone knew what he meant.

5:45 p.m. — Turns out the walk was relatively uneventful — no autographs, just a couple of quick photos. Of course, there was that phone call from President Barack Obama. Bubba knew he was going to call on Tuesday. He just didn’t know when. The conversation started like this, “Hey, Bubba” to which Watson responded, “What’s up, Bud — I mean, Mr. President.”

Bubba said the President told him not to worry, he could call him Bud. “We’re all golfers,” Watson remembers the conversation going “and I said, yeah, especially us lefthanders.”

5:03 p.m. — Don’t want to spoil it, but don’t miss Letterman’s gift to Watson at the end of the interview tonight. For the record, he didn’t keep them.

5 p.m. — David Letterman asks Bubba, “How would you describe your personal style of play?” Watson deadpans, “Awesome.” Letterman cracks up.

4:54 p.m. — Bubba is the first guest on Letterman, appearing before actor Sean Hayes, who stars in the new “Three Stooges” movie and country singer Shooter Jennings. Watson is really looking forward to the movie, and he’s hoping to meet Hayes.

4:45 p.m. — As he waits to head downstairs to Letterman’s studio, Bubba jokes about a text he got from Ian Poulter. “Have you taken it off yet?” Poulter had wondered, referring, of course, to the Green Jacket. Watson said he replied “Just to shower.”

4:42 p.m. — One of the producers talks to Bubba about how much he and his father want to go to Augusta National. “My dad got to go once,” Bubba said. “Some people let him sit in their chair at No. 9.  So he got to see me tee off and play 9. It was pretty cool.”

4:30 p.m. — Shortly before the band starts playing downstairs to get the crowd in the mood, Bubba sits down in his dressing room and autographs one of those distinctive Ping drivers with the pink head. The drivers are being sold to raise money for “The Bubba and Friends Drive to a Million” charity but David Letterman will be getting this one for free. Piers Morgan did, too.

4:20 p.m. — One of the Letterman producers stops by to talk about the show with Bubba. He brings a copy of the newest Sports Illustrated with Bubba on the cover. “Have you seen it?” he asks. Bubba looks over the shoulder of his agent, Jens Beck. In white lettering across the center of the page it says “A New Folk Hero.”

4:15 p.m. — About 20 photographers are waiting outside the side door to the theater.  Bubba makes sure to put the Green Jacket on before he steps out of the limo.

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Bubba Watson signs one of his pink drivers for David Letterman.

Bubba Watson signs one of his pink drivers for David Letterman.

4:05 p.m. — As the limo pulls up in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater, Bubba looks out at the crowd waiting outside the entrance. “I’ve waited in that line before,” Watson said.  He was a second-year PGA TOUR pro in town for a function for one of his sponsors. He remembers talking to someone about tickets. “I told them I’m a pro golfer and I’m only here for one more day.”  Two hours later, he had a a pair of passes. “They called me at a store and my and my friend booked over,” Watson recalled. Something tells us it would be easier to get tickets now.

3:50 p.m. – Bubba’s about to leave the Time Warner Building — but not before he signs a glove  for a leftie turning 40 and a photo of a man and his son watching the telecast. Everyone at the Piers Morgan Show tells Bubba what a good job he did. “The only thing I don’t like is when it’s scripted. I like to wing it,” Bubba says. He’s good at it, too.

Next stop: David Letterman’s studio.

3:44 p.m. – Piers Morgan — who plays off an 18 handicap and called Watson a “breath of fresh air” — challenges Bubba to a putting contest. You’ll have to turn in tonight to see who wins.

3:40 p.m. –Bubba has to compose himself again when Piers Morgan asks what his wife Angie said to him after the Masters victory. “”She said that it’s going to be amazing for Caleb to see these videos where I talk about my son.”

3:35 p.m. – As video of the Golf Boys rehearsing appears on the screen, Piers Morgan asks, “Bubba Watson, what WERE you thinking?” Watson is quick with the retort, “That’s America’s Got Talent,” a reference to Morgan’s former TV show.

3:30 p.m. – Piers Morgan asks Bubba about Tiger Woods. “You do outdrive him,” the Brit says. “Yeah, but he’s older,” Bubba counters with a smile.

3:25 p.m. – Before the first commercial, true to form, Bubba Watson gets choked up talking about “my beautiful wife.”

3:20 p.m. – Knowing that Bubba owns the General Lee, Piers Morgan, who is from England, offers up an imitation of Roscoe P. Coltrane – the sheriff on Dukes of Hazard. You’ll have to see it to believe it – 9 p.m. tonight on CNN.

3:14  p.m. – Says Piers Morgan: “The Green Jacket, can I touch it? How does it really feel to be Bubba Watson today?”

3:12 p.m. — The lead producer comes in and tells Bubba she’s been watching lot of video of him. She tells him: “You’re a not too shabby golfer … and person.” Bubba is wearing black pants, a white shirt … and, of course, the Green Jacket.

3:10 p.m. – Bubba is quite a hit in the Green Room as he waits for his appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight. One of the production people came in to have her photo taken with him. She told Bubba, “I want you to know we couldn’t have Easter dinner before you won. My uncle is a diehard fan.”

3 p.m – Comedian Jim Gaffigan evidently was supposed to be on Letterman’s show tonight. Not anymore. Tweeted Gaffigan: “Congrats to @bubbawatson for winning Masters & bumping me off of Letterman 2night to announce the onsale of #MrUniverse

When Bubba sees that tweet in the Green Room prior to Piers Morgan Tonight, he says, “I’ve been bumped before, too.” Turns out, Serena Williams trumped Watson on his first appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

2:30 p.m. – First on the agenda once Bubba arrives in Manhattan? An appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight at the Time Warner Building. Helen Ross is now on the scene with Bubba.

2:15 p.m. – Bubba tweeted, “Hey @BarackObama when we playing a game of Bball at your home court?? #WhiteHouse

2 p.m. – The video of Bubba’s inteview with CNBC’s Darren Rovell is now available. Rovell got the interview started with Bubba by saying: “Your real name is Gerry. How much more marketable are you as Bubba, do you think?” Replied Bubba: “Gerry’s boring. It was the name i was given when I was first born. Bubba about 10 seconds after. My dad said I looked like a football player so he named me Bubba. It’s been my name ever since. I think it’s more fun for kids and people to say Bubba than Gerry, you know?” Click here to watch interview

1:30 p.m. – Earlier, while CNBC anchor Tyler Mathisen was promoting an upcoming live interview with Bubba Watson – Mathisen called him “the most creative golfer playing today” – Bubba had a little fun by looking over Mathisen’s shoulder. Click here to watch

12:30 p.m. – After arriving by private plane, Bubba was interviewed by Jim Rome via phone, then appeared on Darren Rovell’s “Power Lunch” on CNBC. He also squeezed in a call to Scott Van Pelt’s ESPN radio show.

PRIOR TO LEAVING — For the record, Bubba Watson has now changed a diaper. Three, to be exact. That was one of the many entertaining revelations Tuesday morning when he surprised hosts Gary Williams and Erik Kuselias on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” before he left Orlando .

The hosts expected to be speaking with Watson by telephone. Instead, the Masters champ hid outside the studio until he was introduced — then walked in wearing the newest addition to his wardrobe, his Green Jacket. Watson autographed the Masters pin flag displayed on the wall before he left.

Watson said he hadn’t gotten much sleep in the 30 hours or so since he got back to Orlando — thanks to Caleb, the son he and his wife Angie adopted just over two weeks ago. “it’s been a blast,” Watson said. “My wife got me off the hook for the next day and a half, so I’m flying up to New York to do all of the TV shows. Should be fun.”

Watson also made calls to the Dan Patrick and Tim Brando radio shows before heading to the New York area.


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