Unconventional, incomparable, unprecedented: Bubba Watson is a name that stands alone on the PGA Tour and in popular culture in the present day. Watson’s unique southpaw style and exciting on-and-off the course demeanor have brought this down-home southern boy from Bagdad, Florida, into international stardom. His style of play is exciting to watch and his personality is endearing to encounter. In summary, it’s hard to find another human-being on this planet like Bubba Watson.
There’s just something about Watson that is hard to describe. He plays by his own rules and marches to the beat of his own drum. For example, one of many famed facets of Watson’s game is his drive. Known as one of the longest drivers on Tour, Watson can be found sending a golf ball upwards of 350 yards off of the tee. And in the aforementioned, unique “Bubba style,” that drive is usually coming from a pink golf club. Why not, right? Just one more example of the distinctive personality that is Bubba Watson.
Professionally, Watson is most famous for his 2012 Masters victory. Beyond his Masters victory, Bubba Watson is known for being one of the all-around good guys in golf. While you won’t always find him conforming to the stereotypical “country club” type lifestyle and demeanor on tour, you will find him donating a lot of his time (and prize money) to charity as well as engaging fans in spirited ways (see his 2010 Golf Boys, “Oh, Oh, Oh,” music video with fellow Tour professionals Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan).
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Zach Johnson is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour, arriving in 2004 after being the top money winner on the Nationwide Tour. He's best known for his dramatic Masters win in 2007 over Tiger Woods, Reteif Goosen and Rory Saabbatini and his stunning Open Championship win in 2015. In total he has 12 victories on the PGA Tour.
Johnson took up golf at the age of 10 and continued playing through high school and college. Before his professional career, Johnson attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. As the number-two player on the Drake golf team, he led the Bulldogs to three NCAA regional meets and two Missouri Valley championships.
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Rafa Cabrera-Bello is a professional golfer currently playing on the European Tour. Born and raised in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, Cabrera-Bello picked up the game of golf at a very young age. As an amateur, Cabrera-Bello dominated competition in his home country, winning the Spanish National Championship at every age group level from under-7 through under-18. Making a name for himself on the European Tour, Cabrera-Bello turned professional in 2005 at the age of 20. Since then, the Spaniard has wracked up an impressive five career professional wins, including the 2005 Canarias Professional Championship as an amateur, two wins on the Challenge Tour and two wins on the European Tour. In 2016, after a strong finsh at the WGC-Dell Match Play, he moved up high enough in the rankings to qualify to compete in his first Masters.
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Hideki Matsuyama is a budding superstar in the world of golf. Coming out of Japan, the young 21-year old has already made major strides on the sport’s biggest stages. In 2010 Matsuyama won the Asian Amateur Championship. As the winner of this tournament, he was granted entry in the 2011 Masters Tournament where he took full advantage of the opportunity.
In Augusta, Matsuyama won a number of accolades: he was the first Japanese amateur to compete in the event, he was the only amateur to make the cut and he was the lowest scoring amateur, earning him the Silver cup.
After his notable performance in the United States, Matsuyama went home to turn professional in April 2013 where he continues to rack up wins on the Japan Golf Tour. So far the young gun has amassed four professional victories. In 2014, the Japanese superstar will compete on the PGA Tour by virtue of his non member earnings ranking. In just seven PGA Tour-sanctioned events, he has had six top-25 finishes, the best being a T-6 at the 2013 Open Championship.
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Derek Ernst is a professional golfer who joined the PGA Tour following a successful four year golf career at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. At the age of 22, Ernst won his first PGA tournament when he beat David Lynn in a one hole playoff at Quail Hollow, to be crowned the 2013 Wells Fargo Championship winner.
Ernst grew up in Woodland, California. One widely known story surrounding his childhood is a freak accident that left one eye slightly cloudy and his depth perception poor. That didn’t stop Ernst from pursuing a career in golf. He went on to play in college and was twice named the Mountain West Conference player of the year.
With his win at Quail Hollow, Ernst received a two-year exemption and will be seen playing in some of the world’s most prestigious PGA Tour tournaments for what looks to be a long time to come.
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