All athletes are measured by their performance on the biggest stage. In golf, even though there are four major championships every player wants to win, the Masters stands out as the gold standard.
Bubba Watson has joined the elite ranks of professional golfers thanks to his victory at this year's Masters, the second of his career, becoming the 17th player to win multiple green jackets.
In typical fashion, Watson isn't playing up his accomplishments at Augusta, Ga. The subject of "elite" came up after his victory, according to Phil Casey of The Independent, only to be shot down in a hurry by the lefty.
No, no. Again, I just got lucky enough to have two green jackets. I'm just trying to keep my tour card every year and if people say that I'm a good player, that's great.
I'm trying to play golf for a living. I'm not trying to play golf for everybody to tell me how great I am or I'm one of the greats of the game. I play golf because I love it. I love the game, I want to grow the game. The game has brought me everything that I've ever owned in my life.
Watson made a great living by staying in the shadows, peeking his head out on rare occasions, though two Masters victories should enhance his profile. It didn't save him from being overshadowed by a sticker ad on his hometown newspaper, via Chris Nickinson.
Nickinson (@chrisnickinson) April 14, 2014
With Tiger Woods on the shelf, who is the best PGA Tour player right now?
Since Watson doesn't want to talk about his greatness and can't get any love from his hometown, we can talk about how special this win really is.
With two Masters wins in his first six appearances at Augusta, Watson has the distinction of joining a class that only included Arnold Palmer. When your name can stand alongside the King, you are doing something right.
The big-hitting left-hander has always been one of the most consistent players on the PGA Tour. Watson has won six regular events since 2010, tying for the most in a single season in 2011 (two), and Phil Mickelson is the only other player to win multiple majors.
Watson isn't as dominant as Tiger Woods in his prime. He didn't lap the field in either of his Masters wins the way Rory McIlroy did at the 2011 U.S. Open. He eats at Waffle House after winning the biggest tournament in golf then tweets a picture of it.
bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 14, 2014
There's just something to be said for a player who wins. Tom Brady wasn't winning MVP awards or throwing for 5,000 yards when the New England Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years.
Watson's resume is still growing, as the 35-year-old continues to rise up the world golf rankings. But when you win the Super Bowl of your sport two times in three years, you belong in the conversation with the very best players in the world.
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