Watson now part owner of Double-A baseball team
January 19, 2015
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
- Bubba Watson takes some swings with a pink bat after being introduced as part owner Monday in Pensacola. (Ben Twingley/Pensacola News Journal)
Bubba Watson's bat was pink, of course, just like the driver he wields so well when he's working his day job on the PGA TOUR.
The reigning Masters champion's new toy was symbolic of his most recent business venture, though. He's joining the Pensacola Blue Wahoos as a part owner, the team announced on Monday.
"This is a dream come true for me," Watson said. "When I was about 15, I had to pick a sport, so that's when I stopped playing baseball, but I have loved the game."
Terms of the agreement were not announced, although according to the Pensacola News Journal, Quint Studer, one of the team owners, described Watson's involvement as a "significant investment."
Watson grew up in Bagdad, which is about 20 miles from Pensacola, and still has strong ties to the area. The Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate honored the prodigal son after each of his Masters victories.
Watson, who plays next week at the Waste Management Poenix Open, has thrown out the first pitch and taken batting practice with the team.
Watson currently stands fifth in the FedExCup and is the highest ranked American at fourth in the world. He picked up his seventh PGA TOUR victory earlier in the 2014-15 season when he beat Tim Clark in a playoff at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.