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Augusta National is a sacred place for Bubba Watson

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Last  year, Bubba Watson captured the hearts of golf fans around the country as he put on the green jacket as champion of the 2012 Masters. And he is trying to capture that same magic this year.  

It is considered one of the best shots in Masters history.  Bubba Watson was in the trees on number ten, blinded from the green. He hooked it around the trees and landed it on that green that again, he couldn't even see. He has had to recall the story plenty of times this week in Augusta.

"It's one of those shots," said Watson. "I had a good angle. Just play a draw that I'm comfortable playing. I had a good lie. Everything set up. The wind was blowing the right direction for me. Everything set up perfect for me to hit the shot. I pulled it off. Somehow, I won."

Now Bubba is back to defend his championship. The former Georgia Bulldog says Augusta feels like home to him, and many in the patrons feel like family from Athens

" It is so close to Augusta," said Watson. "Thousands and thousands of people yelling Go Dawgs and it is fun. If they are not yelling Go Dawgs, obviously I'm not playing good golf."

A year ago, Bubba Watson's name was on the top of this leader board. So, obviously this course is special to him. But, what is even more special is the roars he hears from Bulldog nation.

" For the most part, I think we are all fans of Georgia," said Watson." I think all the people yelling Go Dawgs is a big thrill, big honor.  You know, I went back to school and finally graduated in 08."

The pageantry that comes with success is fun for Watson. His jovial personality is different from most others in golf. But, the glory of the green jacket became merely a source through which he could shower his son Caleb with love.

Watson got emotional during a news conference on Tuesday when he was asked about what he did with his green jacket.

"I said: is this my green jacket? I'll probably cry again," Watson said. "Yeah, this is your green jacket that you're taking home. I told him I was going to go home and wrap Caleb up in it. Out of respect and honor for Augusta National and one of the greatest clubs we have, one of the greatest tournaments. Out of respect for them, I didn't do any of the funny antics I normally do."

With Caleb at his side, Bubba will attempt to electrify the golf world again this weekend, not only with his booming tee shots, but with his love for his family and his love of the game.

Watson says his son Caleb will be his caddy in the par 3 contest this week. As far as Bubba's expectations for the week, He says he wants to make the cut first so he doesn't have to wait around two days to award the green jacket to somebody else.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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