AUGUSTA, Ga. – Everyone has their own Kryptonite – and Rickie Fowler might just know what is giving Bubba Watson such a huge advantage this week at the Masters.
A hint: He’s adorable and pretty much runs Watson’s life.
That’d be 2-year-old Caleb, Watson’s adopted son that was the buzz of Augusta National when Watson won his first green jacket in 2012.
He and wife, Angie, adopted Caleb a week before that life-changing victory.
“He’s definitely more relaxed. He’s enjoying life a little bit more. Having Caleb around and having a family, golf is not his, obviously, I guess, main priority in a way; it’s a bonus,” said Fowler, a close friend of Watson’s, as they make up half of the Golf Boys.
“Being able to go out and play and look at it as a bonus and have fun on the golf course versus putting a lot of stress on himself.”
Outside of a withdrawal at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (where he cited allergies after an opening 11-over 83), Watson has been on a tear during the wraparound 2013-14 season. He won the Northern Trust Open, was T-2 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and WGC-Cadillac Championship, and has added a T-8 and T-9.
“I think that over the past couple years, with winning here and having Caleb, adopting him, it’s definitely kind of been a progression for changing into something good for him,” said Fowler.
Fowler has also seen behind the scenes at the Watson home, having spent some time at his Isleworth estate during Bay Hill.
“From playing with the water sprinkler, seeing me jump off the dock, Caleb loved that,” said Fowler. “Throwing balls around in the house. Kind of his show. He does whatever he wants, to a certain extent.”
Like father, like son.
Pops is pretty much doing whatever he wants at Augusta National this week as well.