Just moments earlier than Francesco Molinari rinsed his ball off the twelfth tee on the 2019 Masters, watching a two-shot lead disintegrate within the course of, Bubba Watson put the wraps on a legendary back-nine cost — one which noticed him go birdie-birdie-eagle to get to 10 below for the event.
For Watson, the stress was immense. He began to take into consideration the potential of a playoff, the likelihood that he may stir some nerves in these simply forward of him on the leaderboard, and the chance he may need to earn a 3rd inexperienced jacket.
As he moved from the fifteenth inexperienced to the sixteenth tee that Sunday, Watson’s mindset modified, and never for the higher.
“I panicked,” Watson stated this week in Augusta. “I told my caddy Teddy (Scott) if I go birdie-birdie and post, maybe I can scare the win or a top two or, you know, force a playoff or whatever. I went bogey-bogey. Because I started thinking about it, right? Instead of just playing the game that I was playing.
“Then it worked out good cause we wanted to see Tiger win over me anyway, so you know — that’s why I made the bogey-bogey.”
Joking apart, the stress of the Tour may be overwhelming, sufficient to frazzle even these with the steeliest nerves. Watson, as soon as the World No. 2 and a 12-time PGA Tour winner, has lengthy been recognized to put on his coronary heart on his sleeve. Between household and social duties, the stress was mounting.
One of the methods Bubba had handled stress earlier in his profession — video games — took a backseat when he and his wife Angie adopted their son practically a decade in the past.
Recently, Angie recommended he pull the sport console again out and use it to get away mentally.
“I stopped for a few years and then my wife finally said, ‘hey, you need to go back to playing video games, your mind needs to rest.’ When we adopted Caleb, I took a couple years off and she was like ‘no, I think you need to go back to playing video games,’ ” Watson stated. “You know, I play Xbox a lot. I get home, I get my headset on and people don’t know who I am. They don’t know my name and I play Call of Duty against those people. It’s just shooting the breeze. It’s just having fun and so that’s my way of getting away.”
So Watson’s involvement with Golf Clash, a cell video sport that has 9 million downloads, appeared an ideal match. This weekend, those that obtain the app can play in Bubba’s 9-Hole Cup, a three-round event happening on the sport’s scenic Southern Pines digital golf course. A apply mode is presently out there and people prepared to pony up should purchase a themed Bubba Tee, Bubba Hole Explosion, Bubba Emote animated icon and Bubba Chat Message.
There’s additionally Bubba’s One Shot Challenge, a closest-to-the-pin model occasion primarily based on the favored Golden Shot characteristic, which runs by means of April 11. Watson stated he performs it along with his son, who thinks it’s cool the sport has featured after his dad.
And for the two-time Masters champ, it’s given him a manner to decompress. As he prepares for an additional week at Augusta, Watson stated that’s helped his psychological well being tremendously.
“I mean we can sit here and I can lie all day long and say I’m perfect. It’s not true. You’re going to go forward two steps and back a step,” he stated. “You’re going to have moments of bad times. It’s about learning how to catch it, learning how to deal with it. Like my wife saying to play video games. You know, playing games like Golf Clash. It’s trying to find something that works and I’m trying to say it the right way — to be positive. It’s always about finding the positive way that it still is great for you and great for everybody around you. So for me, I found video games.
“I’ve been working hard on it and I’m going to have bad days. And I’m going to have great days.”
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