April 9 2013
Bubba Watson is hoping to become just the fourth player to successfully defend his Masters title (Cannon/Getty Images)
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There are two Founders Circle plaques located at the base of the flagpole in front of the Augusta National clubhouse. There are plaques on each of the three named bridges. There's the Arnold Palmer plaque on the drinking fountain behind the 16th tee and the Jack Nicklaus plaque on the drinking fountain between the 16th and 17th tees.
There is not a plaque recognizing Bubba Watson's miraculous second shot on the 10th hole last year to win the Masters. At least not yet.
"Who wouldn't want to see a plaque that says Bubba in the middle of the pine straw?," Watson said with a smile Tuesday. "I would never ask for a plaque."
"If I do it again this year," he said, "then yes, there should be a plaque."
An emotional Watson met the media 48 hours before the start of his title defense. Watson cried when talking about the one special thing he did with his Masters jacket -- wrapping up his then-new son Caleb in it after he returned home from his victory a year ago. He joked about leaving his Golf Boys buddies and becoming a solo act. He continued to remain mum on the specifics of his menu for Tuesday's Champions Dinner.
But mostly he answered questions about the famous shot from last year, the one that he hooked from out of the trees with a 52-degree wedge to set up his winning par to beat Louis Oosthuizen.
> He went back to the spot for the first time two weeks ago. Playing with his manager, a childhood friend and his host member, Watson and crew took photos from the spot. A day later, during another round at Augusta National, they reached the 10th hole and "didn't even look in that direction," Watson said.
> While playing Augusta National with his wife Angie on Sunday, they went to the spot so that Angie -- who was not at the tournament last year -- could see it. As they finished their round on 18, Watson spied some players who were trying to find the spot. Watson, trying to help out, yelled, "That's not the spot, it's a little over." One of the players in that group was 1970 Masters champ Billy Casper.
> On Monday, Watson and Rickie Fowler played a practice round. "Rickie didn't have any interest about going over there," Watson said.
> Watson said he donated the 52-degree wedge to Augusta National.
> Asked if sometimes he'd rather be known for his four rounds of golf that won the Masters instead of the single shot, Watson shrugged. "Anything that they remember me by is good with me -- if it was four great days of golf; if it was a miracle shot," he said.
> Finally, Watson recalled his process on how he pulled off the shot. Here's how he explained it: "I had the club a little hooded, which is going to make it draw, spin that way. For me being left-handed, it's going to be a draw. So my stance was closed a little bit. Took one less club, because I was going to be swinging at it so hard. I wanted to go one less club so I could hit it as hard as could, which makes faster clubhead speed, which is going to make the ball curve more. It's going to compress the ball as much as it possibly can. The ball was probably compressed, on a wedge probably compressed it 25 percent in, so at impact it was probably compressed pretty good, even off a wedge, as hard as I swung at it. So that's really how I did it.
"It was all about speed, speed, my hands rolling over, and the way I set up to it with a little closed club face, de-lofted it when I swung it so it went lower, and just all that working together. And how do you make that into scientific terms, I have no idea, but that's what I did."