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U.S. Open 2011: Bubba Watson off to fast start

Bubba Watson waits his turn to hit from the 13th tee during the first round of the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md., Thursday, June 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

So who is this guy?

DOB: 6-5-78.

Real name: Gerry.

Birthplace: Bagdad, Fla.

Turned pro: 2003.

PGA Tour wins: 3 (2010  Travelers Championship, 2011 Farmers Insurance Open2011 Zurich Classic of New Orleans).

Career top 10 finishes: 20.

Career top 25 finishes: 44.

Best major finishes: Second at 2010 PGA Championship, tied for fifth at 2007 U.S. Open.

World golf ranking: 12th.

Excited to meet President Obama: yes.

Camo pants: yes (his late father was a Green Beret).

Proud Golf Boys member: yes, as documented by Cindy Boren on Wednesday.

Has his own YouTube channel, featuring humorous bits and trick shots: yes.

Check out The Post’s U.S. Open coverage, which includes a leader board, hole-by-hole guide, tee times, spectator’s guide, photo gallery and live blog.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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