As soon as he saw the number on the player badge he had been handed at Augusta National, Bubba Watson knew it was the perfect gift for a friend and fellow Floridian.
Watson, who went on to win the Masters in a playoff on Easter Sunday, was randomly given the number 15, which happens to be the same number Tim Tebow has worn with at the University of Florida and in the pros with the Denver Broncos and, now, the New York Jets.
“I knew I’d see Tim in a week. I told my caddie, I’m going to keep it unopened, and I’m going to hand it to him,” Watson said Friday at the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic (via the Florida Times-Union). “I just felt like I should give it to him. It’s his football number, and I thought he might want it more now that I won.
“We believe in the Bible and doing good for people. That’s our connection. We both play sports, and there are other connections, too, but our first connection is being Christians.”
Tebow, who started offseason workouts with his new team Monday in New York after hearing boos Sunday night at Yankee Stadium, was touched.
“It was very special,” Tebow said. “He didn’t have to do anything like that. He’s just an amazing guy. He’s been so supportive of me and my foundation. He really cares about giving back and making a difference. He has a huge platform, and I think it will continue to increase, because he’s so real. He’s so genuine.”
Maybe Tebow, as a way of saying thank you, could do a cameo in the next “Golf Boys” video.