Watson all moved into new home as Augusta nears

Bubba Watson dons the green jacket after winning the 2012 Masters in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff with Louis Oosthuizen.

Bubba Watson dons the green jacket after winning the 2012 Masters in a two-hole, sudden-death playoff with Louis Oosthuizen.

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WINDERMERE, Fla. – There’s no place like home.

And for Bubba Watson, that place is now officially Central Florida.

Watson, along with his wife Angie and son Caleb, moved into their new home in Windermere’s Isleworth community last week. Yes, much has been made over the last month since it was learned that Watson’s new residence is formerly the home of Tiger Woods, but Watson noted that the property has been completely remodeled.

“Now it’s my house,” said Watson, who is competing for Isleworth in his second Tavistock Cup. Watson played with Bo Van Pelt in Monday’s unofficial better-ball match against Fred Couples and Jay Haas.

After a whirlwind of a past year, one that included winning his first major, adopting his son and closing on a new home – oh, and playing a lot of golf, too – to finally be all settled in is a great feeling for the defending Masters champion.

“It feels good,” Watson said. “We’ve been in there for a week, looking forward to the rest of the season now.”

Next up for Watson is Augusta. He said he doesn’t feel any different, and if anything, he’s looking more forward to the one-year anniversary of adopting Caleb than repeating at the Masters.

But don’t get him wrong. He wants to win it again.

Watson has 13 top 20s and seven top 10s in 19 tournaments since last year’s Masters. But he hasn’t won since slipping on his first green jacket last April.

“I've lost a lot of tournaments since then, so I just see it as another tournament,” Watson said last week at Bay Hill. “But when I stare at the green jacket and I see it, and I see all these articles that we're doing about the Masters previews coming up, it's a big honor and a big thrill, and it hits me.”

After wrapping up Tavistock on Tuesday, Watson will travel to Augusta for practice rounds Wednesday and Thursday. He’s off from then until the Masters, meaning some quality time at the new home with the family.

Watson has already fallen in love with the place. In addition to Isleworth’s family-oriented atmosphere, Watson loves the location and opportunities to hone his skills on the golf course, as well as his neighbors. Watson and Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson have developed a friendship since Watson moved in.

Nelson followed Watson at Bay Hill and Watson has become a Magic fan, promising to get season tickets “next season, for sure.”

“I love basketball, so being able to watch him play and have him want to come out and watch me play golf, it’s been good stuff,” Watson said.

Watson has also had the opportunity to test his home’s ability to host guests. One such guest was fellow ‘Golf Boy’ Rickie Fowler, who stayed with Watson during Bay Hill week.

And don’t worry, nothing was broken.

“We just goofed around,” Watson said. “He was close to the lead at Bay Hill, so we took it easy with everything we did.”

And taking it easy, enjoying his new home, is exactly what Watson will do as he prepares for his Masters defense.

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