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Bubba Watson Biography: Majors, Net Worth, and Family

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

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Bubba Watson Biography

Garry Lester Watson Jr., commonly referred to as Bubba Watson, is a professional golfer of American descent. He is considered one of the golfers with longest drivers, which has earned him several major titles, including Masters and PGA Tour titles.

Watson first came into prominence as a promising youthful golfer during his maiden roles in the Faulker State Community College and University of Georgia’s athletics teams. The golfer was pivotal in guiding his university to the Southern Eastern Conference title and turned professional at the age of 21.

Watson’s start was decent throughout the national tour, where his capability to drive the ball over long stretches drew attention. Following a series of lost opportunities and near misses, he ultimately came out successful at the Travelers Championship in 2010 in Connecticut. In 2011, he pipped Phil Mickelson by a stroke to triumph in the Farmers’ Insurance Open.

The golfer’s crowing career success occurred in 2012 when he was the winner of the Augusta Masters title. Three years later, Watson registered another feat with his highest-ever ranking in PGA, when he came in second. He remains a great golfer and last won a major in 2018.

Profile Summary

  • Name: Gerry Lester Watson Jr.

  • Age: 43 Years

  • Birthday: November 5, 1978

  • Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

  • Place of Birth: Florida, United States

  • Spouse: Angie Watson

  • Children: Caleb Watson

  • Father: Gerry Watson

  • Mother: Molly Marie Watson

  • Siblings: Melinda Conner

  • Profession: Professional Golfer

  • Height: 6'3"

  • Notable Alumni: University of Georgia

  • Resident: U.S. State: Florida

Bubba Watson Childhood and Early Life

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Image of Bubba Watson Following the Augusta Masters Victory - Credit: Facebook; Bubba Watson

Budda was born in Bagdad, Florida on November 5th, 1978 to Molly Marie and Gerry Sr. Watson. He revealed an interest in the game of golf and gradually became so passionate about it.

Watson’s father encouraged him and ensured he had everything he needed to continue practicing the sport. The golfer attended Milton High School when he joined the golf team. He later joined Faulker State Community College and was a member of the All-American junior college team.

It was after this experience that Watson moved to the University of Georgia, which at the time were the defending NCAA champion. He immediately joined the University’s team and assisted them in winning the 2000 Southern Conference title.


Bubba Watson Career

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Image of Bubba Watson During the U.S. Open - Credit: Facebook; Bubba Watson

Watson turned professional in 2001 and joined the Nationwide Tour. He played in the tier until 2005, ranking number 21 on the money list, which qualified him for the PGA Tour the following year.

The pro golfer joined the PGA Tour as a rookie in 2006 when he earned his first million dollars. Watson’s driving distance grew gradually longer, recoding 442 yards, the longest driver, at the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational, which was commonly dubbed as "Bubba Watson Masters shot."

In 2007, Watson played at the U.S. Open and qualified for the finals. In Oakmont Country Club during the finals, the golfer took an early lead but eventually dropped during the final rounds, finishing fifth.

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Image of Bubba Watson Following PGA Triumph - Credit: Facebook | Bubba Watson

Watson’s breakthrough occurred in 2010 when he won his maiden PGA Tour title Connecticut in 2010, dedicating the win to his dad. In 2010 during the PGA Championship staged at Whistling Straits, the pro golfer finished a close second behind Martin Kaymer. His performance notwithstanding, the player was derailed by a penalty.

In 2010, he went on to establish his clothing line dubbed ‘Bubba Golf.’ The line continues to generate revenue selling Bubba Watson books, Bubba Watson Shoes, Bubba Watson watch, and attire.

With an affable personality and cheeky smile, Watson was one of the guests on the 2010 Ellen DeGeneres Show. Things worked in his favor the following year when he amassed his second PGA title at the Farmers Insurance Open when he floored Phil Mickelson by a single stroke. He then went on to win the Zurich Classic staged at New Orleans – the third PGA title.

Bubba Watson Masters

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Image of Bubba Watson In The Masters Green Jacket - Credit: Facebook | Bubba Watson

Watson won the first Masters title in 2012. With four successive birdies and an outstanding record in the sudden-death playoff, he took home the title and was ranked fourth globally.

Following the Masters’ victory, his performance faltered. He failed to make it to the Memorial Tournament and the U.S. Open, finishing second and failing to advance in the Travelers and Open championships, in that order.

The player was spotted in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and WGC-Cadillac Championship. His performance was satisfactory but fell below expectations.

During the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the U.S. Open, the Masters, the Travelers Championship, and the Players Championship, his performance was wanting. However, his fortunes changed when he finished second in 2014 in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

It was later that he won the Northern Trust Open, his fifth title, and jumped up in his raking to fourteenth. The win boosted his confidence and saw his rise to twelfth in the world ranking.

In 2014, Watson landed on the second Masters after flooring Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth.

He rose to fourth in the world ranking and was the seventeenth golfer to register a double in the Masters.

Bubba Watson Travelers

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Image of Bubba Watson During The Travelers Tournament - Credit: Facebook | Bubba Watson

2015 was his year, having won the Hero World Challenge and Traveler Championship.

In 2016, the player took home the Northern Trust Open, which was staged at Riveria. He defeated Jason Kokrak and Adam Scott.

In 2017, he missed a major by a whisker when he did not advance in three of the four majors as the headlines read “Bubba Watson Flirts with Another Major As..”. In 2018, his first title came in February when he won the Genesis Open and later the WGC-Dell Match Play even before closing the year with Traveler Championship.

Bubba Watson Awards & Achievements

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Image of Bubba Watson with PGA Trophy- Credit: Facebook | Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson Masters win first came in 2012. The title is one of the four majors in the game.

The golfer is the only left-handed player to ever win the major, and also the only left-handed player to win it twice. He is a two-time recipient of the Best Male Golfer ESPY Awards -2012 and 2014.

Bubba Watson Personal Life & Legacy

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Image of Bubba Watson Recently Participating In a Charity Event - Credit: Facebook | Bubba Watson

Bubba met his to-be Bubba Watson wife, Angela Watson in the State of Georgia during a golf tour. Bubba Watson wife was a basketball player. In 2004, the two solemnized their marriage and went to adopt a child after realizing that Bubba Watson wife, Angela could not conceive naturally.

Watson’s humanitarian efforts cannot go unnoticed, as he is always attending charity events. In 2011, he participated in Long Drive Contest for Charity together with Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson. He finished second with a 370-yard drive.

Bubba Watson Net Worth

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Image of Bubba Watson During the Augusta Masters Tournament - Credit: Facebook | Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson is worth 30 million dollars. In 2015, he relocated to Pensacola and he immediately gelled with the community. Watson opened an ice cream store, car dealership, and baseball team.

He remains a regular donor and patron of Studer Family Children’s Hospital. Watson recently declared his intentions to run for Pensacola Mayor because of his close ties with the community.

Bubba Watson Trivia

The nickname ‘Bubba’ was given to Watson by his father, and it is associated with Bubba Smith, an American football player.

Watson is a member of ‘Golf Boys, a boy band, alongside Hunter Mahan, Ben Crane, and Rickie Fowler. They upload singles on social media on regular basis and donate their proceeds to charity.


Where is Bubba Watson from?

Bubba Watson is from Bagdad, Florida in the United States.

How tall is Bubba Watson?

Bubba Watson height is 6 feet 3inches

Why did Bubba Watson change caddies?

Bubba Watson caddie chose to retire early and they both agreed with his decision

Where does Bubba Watson live?

Bubba Watson recently relocated to Pensacola where he plans to run for mayor’s office.

How much is Bubba Watson worth?

Bubba Watson is worth 30 million dollars.

How many PGA wins does Bubba Watson have?

Bubba Watson has won twelve staggering PGA titles.

Why did Bubba Watson withdraw from the memorial tournament?

Bubba withdrew from the Open following a knee injury that resulted in torn muscle.

What kind of golf shoes does Bubba Watson wear?

Watson has been wearing Air Jordan 5 in the recent tours

Who is Wayne Ball to Bubba Watson?

Wayne Ball is Watson’s father-in-law and the dad to Angela

Why does Bubba Watson use a pink driver?

Bubba Watson driver’s extension is pink and it is the one that helps him to drive the ball further during tours.

How many times has Bubba Watson won the masters?

Bubba Watson Masters wins came in 2012 and 2014. He has won it twice.

How many kids does Bubba Watson have?

Bubba Watson has one kid he adopted. He is named Caleb.

How many tournaments has Bubba Watson won?

Bubba Watson has won two Masters and twelve PGA titles

Where did Bubba Watson go to college?

Bubba Watson attended the University of Georgia but that was after he completed his college education at the Faulker State Community College.

Why did Bubba Watson and Ted Scott part ways?

Ted Scott needed some ten years of retirement and they both agreed on his retirement mutually.

When did Bubba Watson win the masters?

Bubba Watson won his first Masters in 2012. The second came in 2014.

Bubba Watson has how many majors?

Bubba Watson won all four majors in a single year. His PGA titles add to twelve.

What clubs does Bubba Watson use?

Bubba Watson uses a G425 LST driver

What irons does Bubba Watson use?

Bubba Watson uses S55 Irons 3-PW

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