Masters Results 2012: Bubba Watson's Emotional Win Is Inspiration for Golf Fans

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2012

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08:  Bubba Watson (L) of the United States celebrates with his caddie Ted Scott after winning his sudden death playoff on the second playoff hole to win the 2012 Masters Tournament by one stroke at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2012 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If you love golf but feel you aren't very good at it, then perhaps thinking on Bubba Watson and his great victory at the 2012 Masters will help improve your game. 

Having never received a lesson or studied his swing on film, Watson powered through Augusta National, defeating Louis Oosthuizen on a two-hole playoff. 

Watson had some incredible shots along the way, including one from in the woods on the second playoff hole.

He didn't need anyone else telling him how to play golf, and that unconventional style helped pave the way for Watson to win a green jacket. 

Sure, Watson is a pro and was born with the ability to absolutely demolish the ball off the tee, but he's living proof that hard work goes a long way. 

Winning the biggest golf event of the year in such dramatic fashion brought tears to his eyes, as Watson was certainly thinking of his wife and newly adopted child back at home.

He tweeted a picture back in late March when he and his wife Angie adopted a baby. 

Watson's emotions were sky-high after he won, and nobody can blame him for that. He's an inspiration to golfers everywhere in many ways.

Not only has he never had a lesson, he battled through a big tournament while his wife and new child were stuck in Florida. 

As CBS reports, the adoption isn't fully final, therefore the baby can't leave Florida just yet. Without his wife there to see his biggest win of his career, Watson broke down and cried, and there is no shame in that. 

Steve DiMeglio of USA Today quoted Watson saying that his life is more than golf, which makes his victory at Augusta National even greater. Watson doesn't live and breathe golf like most would think the pros do, but he did work very hard to get to where he is today. 

It's a blessing. To go home to my new son will be a lot of fun. Golf isn't everything for me. If I would have lost today, it wouldn't have been the end of the world.

To win is awesome, but I'll go back to real life next week. I still haven't changed a diaper.

A simple man won the 2012 Masters this past weekend, showing that faith and hard work does pay off in the end. 

If you're feeling down in the dumps about your golf game, look to Watson's win at Augusta National as inspiration to be better on the course. 

While you may not have the strength like Watson, approaching the game with great passion and a fun attitude will help you get better.

After all, it is just a game, and if a guy who never had a lesson can win the Masters, then fans everywhere can definitely improve their best golf score. All it takes is having the right mentality and the willingness to keep working at it. 


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