What does a Masters Tournament win by a southern boy, a crowd pleaser, who adopted his first child not even a week before, mean to his fans?
“It’s huge because he’s good for the sport,” said David Swisher of Pottstown, Pa., who waited for Watson as the golfer left the green jacket ceremony Sunday evening.
“Just to hear the symphony of people cheering ‘Bubba’ really loud, they’ve never seen that before. He’s one of the good guys on tour, and there’s no better guy to win.”
Patrons reacted with pride and cheers for Watson after he won his first green jacket. The victory was especially sweet with Watson being a University of Georgia graduate.
The 33-year-old golfer also touched fans with his and wife Angie’s recent adoption of a one-month-old baby boy, whom they named Caleb. This week he also wore the same white shirt, hat and belt to raise money for a children’s cosmetic reconstructive surgery organization in California.
“It just makes him likable,” said patron Scott Slider.
When Watson joined Augusta National members for his green jacket ceremony, hundreds of patrons gathered to get a glimpse.
Pat Rafferty stretched his hand out as Watson was escorted to a golf cart and cheered when the golfer shook his hand over the rope.
“I was completely stoked,” Rafferty said. “Bubba already had a home-field advantage being in the south, and it was a Georgia Dawgs crowd. We couldn’t be happier for him.”