April 24 2013
By Brian Allee-Walsh, Special to PGATOUR.COM
AVONDALE. La. -- On a day better suited for waterfowl, it seemed fitting that Bubba Watson was paired with two stars of the popular reality TV series "Duck Dynasty."
Playing in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans Pro-Am at TPC Louisiana with brothers Willie and Jase Robertson and Duck Commander empire associate Justin Martin, Watson's team teed off at 8 a.m. ET on Wednesday before heavy rain and tornadic weather halted play for 5 1/2 hours.
During the delay, the clean-shaven Watson and the bearded brothers entertained reporters on the back porch of the clubhouse.
"He's the greatest," Jase said of Watson, the 2012 Masters champion and winner of the 2011 Zurich Classic. "He's a legend," Willie added.
"I didn't say it this time," Watson responded. "They said it."
The brothers apparently met Watson on social media and have been fast friends ever since, acknowledging that they have similar likes and dislikes.
"We share a lot of the same values," Willie said.
"I'm a good hunter, too," Watson said.
The season finale of "Duck Dynasty'' airs Wednesday night on A&E.
Asked if he was a fan of the show, Watson replied: "Y'all have a show? What show is that?"
"It's called 'Duck Dynasty,'" Willie said.
"Just pluggin' y'all," Watson said, smiling.
Watson managed to field a few golf-related questions, noting he is more refreshed to play in New Orleans this year than he was 12 months ago when he finished tied for 18th in his title defense. He was a new father and two weeks removed from his Masters victory when he came to the Crescent City a year ago.
"I was tired last year," Watson said. "But I feel good this year. This is the closest tournament to my home in Pensacola (Fla.), so friends and family come in. It's a good time here, good food. When I get here I get energized.
"I won here two years ago, so I'm pumped up to play this golf course. I want to perform well. So now I got to figure out a way to beat some of these guys this week."
Meantime, Watson looked forward to finishing the round with his bearded friends. Asked if he ever considered sporting facial growth, he laughingly replied: "No, I look way too good to cover up my face. They have to cover up their faces to be on TV. But, I look perfect, so I've got no reason to do that."