Bubba Watson's New Attitude Paying Dividends, Wins Zurich Classic in Playoff

David KindervaterCorrespondent IMay 2, 2011

Bubba Watson
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He's a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this year. And the leader in the FedExCup standings.

It's all in a day's work for the seemingly mild-mannered, work-in-progress Bubba Watson.

Watson overcame a three-shot deficit on the back nine and fired a three-under 69, forcing a playoff with Webb Simpson and eventually winning the Zurich Classic in New Orleans on the second playoff hole Sunday.

Some helpful advice from his wife has helped a rebuilding process from the inside-out for Watson, changing him both as a person and a player.

"She told me to pick my head up," Watson said during his post-round presser. "And not be a bad person on the golf course, I guess you could say. I've got to act differently. If I'm going to support kids and do charity work, that's not a good example to lead on a golf course. So I still have backwards steps, but hopefully I take two forward when I take one back, and so far it's working."

Indeed it is. Watson had plenty of chances to implode Sunday. After a torrid five hole, four-under start propelled him into the lead, he double-bogeyed the par three ninth to fall three shots behind then-leader Simpson.

But he just kept hanging around, keeping his mind right and making a series of less than routine pars off errant tee shots while adding a birdie at 13 to stay in contention.

Watson would also benefit from a bizarre incident at 15, when after a lag putt, Simpson's ball moved upon grounding his club and addressing it just one foot from the cup.

"It was heartbreaking," Watson admitted. "(There's) a guy that it would be nice if I didn't win, he would have been a nice guy to have win. It was sad to see it that way. If it had been the last hole, it probably would have been more heartbreaking. But since it was 15, we both had to go on."

Five holes later he had his third-ever PGA Tour victory.

"A year ago I was a good player who never won," Watson said. "And now I've got three under my belt. It's something that I could never dream of. For me to get one was unbelievable. My career was complete. I've done it. Then for me to get another one just adds to my career. It's something I've dreamed about doing."

As long as he keeps the right attitude, there are bound to be more dream-come-true endings for Bubba Watson's PGA Tour future.