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Apr 9th 2012, 14:05

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Bubba's emotional victory

With his pink clubs and unconventional style, Bubba Watson has won his first US Masters at Augusta.

EXACTLY 35 years after fellow American Tom Watson won at Augusta National, there's a new Watson wearing a green jacket.

Long-hitting 33-year-old Bubba Watson was emotional yesterday in accepting the green jacket - his first major - after a sudden-death play-off with South African Louis Oosthuizen.

''I never got this far in my dreams, it's a blessing,'' Watson said with teary eyes.

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Crying fame: A teary Bubba Watson embraces his mum.

Crying fame: A teary Bubba Watson embraces his mum. Photo: Reuters

Thoughts of his newly adopted son and his late father Gerry, who died of throat cancer in 2010, had Watson in tears on Easter Sunday in Georgia, especially when embracing his mother Molly on the 10th green after making the winning putt.

''My dad's not here, but he's watching in heaven,'' Watson said.

He said that after a botched tee shot on the deciding play-off hole and an amazing recovery lob shot, his dad would have a few things to tell him.

''He would say, 'You still need to practise. You missed that fairway. You were under the trees a couple of times. You missed the first putt','' Watson said. ''No, he would be excited, just like my mum was excited. We didn't have any words, we just cried in each other's arms.''

Before he tapped in for the victory, Watson thought of South Korean I.K. Kim's one-foot putt miss to cost her an LPGA major title a week ago.

''I hate to say this, but the young lady who missed the putt at the ladies major, that putt, I thought about it,'' Watson said. ''I wanted to make sure I focused hard on that putt, because I knew how delicate these situations are and how this may never happen again.''

Watson tried to put the long-sought major title in perspective quickly.

''Golf is not my everything,'' he said. ''I'm not going to go home and pout if I would have lost. I'd think about the great times I had.

''Tomorrow there's going to be a new tournament and y'all are going to write about other people. Y'all are going to forget about me tomorrow. I'm going to have to keep living my life and do everything.

''But for me to come out here and win, it's awesome for a week and then get back to real life.

''Major champion. I think I'm done. I can't get any better than this.''

For Watson, that means dealing with realities like finalising adoption paperwork that prevented the baby from leaving Florida, keeping mum and son at their Isleworth home near Orlando.

''She just sends me little pictures here and there of what he's doing,'' said Watson. ''Yesterday, she said my interview was good and she said, 'Your son really liked it and he was staring at the TV'. I can't wait to get back.''

People are already looking forward to his Masters return in 2013, including Tiger Woods. ''Congrats bubbawatson. Fantastic creativity. Now how creative will the champions dinner be next year?'' Woods said on Twitter.

If it's like his ''Bubba golf'' style, expect something exciting for the Champions Dinner. And fun.

''I always attack,'' Watson said. ''I don't like to go to the centre of the greens. I want to hit the incredible shot. Who doesn't? That's why we play the game of golf, to pull off the amazing shot.

''I just play golf, fun-loving Bubba, just try to have fun and goof around.''


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