One of golf's rising stars, Bubba Watson grew up in Florida in the Village of Bagdad. Born Gerry Lester Watson, Jr. in 1978, Bubba started playing golf as a child. Without any formal lessons, he became a self-taught sports legend.
Graduating from Milton High School, Watson made an impressive showing as an amateur. In 1998, he played for Faulkner State Community College in Alabama, where he was named first-team junior college All-American.
After two years, Watson transferred to the University of Georgia where he helped lead the Bulldogs to an SEC title in 2000. He turned professional, leaving a year before graduation, only to return in 2008 and complete his degree.
Watson joined the Nationwide Tour in 2003 playing until 2005 where he qualified for the following year's PGA Tour. He scored his first victory in 2010 at the Travelers Championship and went on to win the Master's Tournament in 2012, followed by his second Masters Title win in 2014.
Bubba Watson donated his golf bag and famous pink driver to the Bagdad Village Museum in April of 2014. He proudly wore the green jacket presented just days before at Augusta National Golf Club as he won his second Master's title. The pink Ping driver was part of Watson's year-long campaign which brought in close to 1 million for charity.
True talent and self-determination has profited Watson on and off the golf course. He is a goal setter, making his mark in business and professional golf.
In 2016, Watson became part owner of the minor league baseball team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He opened his own candy and ice cream store, Bubba's Sweet Spot, in downtown Pensacola, and became part owner of Sandy & Bubba's Milton Chevrolet in Milton, Florida.
On February 18, 2018, Watson reached one of his greatest goals winning his 10th PGA Tour. The Village of Bagdad is "Bubba Proud" yet again, as Watson continues to inspire youth and adults alike that success is possible even in adverse conditions.