Bubba Watson is golf's beautiful contrast. In a sport where technical precision and quiet reverence paid to history are the norm, Watson infuses the game with emotion, spontaneity and more than a little dose of Southern charm.
We're talking about the man whose menu for the traditional Masters dinner in 2013 was a Caesar salad, grilled chicken breast, green beans, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni and cheese, cornbread and confetti cake with a side of vanilla ice cream for dessert. A little less extravagant than past Masters winners, surely.
But that's just "Bubba being Bubba," according to USA Today. So it was hardly a surprise when Watson celebrated this year's Masters victory win with a trip to Waffle House. He tweeted a selfie with his wife and some friends on that evening.
And it was even less surprising when Meg Mirshak of The Augusta Chronicle reported he was more than generous with the tip he left:
A waitress told a customer Tuesday morning that Watson left a $148 tip on the bill. When asked to confirm the amount, Knotts declined to say how big the tip was but said three employees split the money.
'It was above and beyond what would have normally been shared,' [manager Ken] Knotts said. 'Bubba was just so gracious about everything.'
Steak n’ Shake franchise owner Preston Moss said Watson left a $24 tip on his milkshake bill.
A standard tip is about 20 percent, folks, so unless Watson somehow managed to spend $740 at a Waffle House, he was feeling quite generous after his Masters win. Of course, if you had just won your second green jacket in three years and $1.8 million, you might be in the giving mood, too.
Watson dominated at Augusta, finishing eight-under and three strokes ahead of Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth. His game is perfectly suited for the course, and he was far more dominant this time around then he was in 2012, when he needed a sudden-death playoff over Louis Oosthuizen and one of the most memorable shots in Masters history to pick up a win.
Watson has become one of the most likable players in the game, and his dominance at Augusta means he's one of the better players, too. Big things will be expected of Watson, and the golf world eagerly awaits to see if he can win another major outside of the Masters.
We are still awaiting a dynamic personality in golf in the post-Tiger-Woods-dominance era, and Watson is a colorful figure who is easy to root for. But we also partly cheer for him because, let's be honest, we're all a bit curious to see where Bubba might celebrate next.