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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.
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.)
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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