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Bubba Watson celebrated Masters win at Waffle House

Would someone please get Caleb Watson a tiny green jacket? (Harry How / Getty Images)

After winning his second green jacket at the Masters on Sunday, Bubba Watson held a celebratory dinner suitable for a guy who goes by the nickname Bubba.

He went to a Waffle House.

“A small-town guy named Bubba has two green jackets,” he told reporters after winning Sunday. “It’s pretty wild.”

Which leads us to ask, as we did two years ago, why is Gerry Lester Watson Jr. of Bagdad, Fla., known as Bubba?

His dad bestowed the moniker when his son was born 35 years ago. A chubby-cheeked baby, Watson says he looked like Bubba Smith, the football player, and his dad, it seems, wanted a football player.


After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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