"I never made it this far in my dreams." That was the classic line that Bubba Watson made right after he won The Masters two years ago. Watson simply wanted to become a professional golfer "and fight to make cuts."
But priorities have changed for Bubba since that victory. "I was the man because I was the defending champion last year. Now Adam is the man and I want to be known as the winner of The Masters again."
Watson is halfway to that goal, carrying a three shot lead into the weekend, after a second round 68 that included five birdies in a row. "I'm keeping my head down, just to stay focused on what I'm doing, not look at any leaderboards," Watson said. "It doesn't matter if you've won it 42 times in a row, you're still nervous about it. It might turn out to be horrific, but at least I have a shot at it."
With Tiger Woods withdrawing due to a back injury, and Phil Mickelson missing the cut, this year's Masters is a bit thinner with star power. But another Watson win would be big for the event, and for the sport, as none of the game's recognizable players have a victory this season. The 35 year old from Bagdad, Florida that owns the original General Lee vehicle from "The Dukes of Hazzard" will have legions of followers this weekend.
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"I really can't hear them when I'm out there playing, trying to focus on the next shot, but I appreciate them. It's an accomplishment for a guy named Bubba, with my mom, with my upbringing."
Watson never imagined winning The Masters once. Suddenly, a second green jacket isn't just a distant dream: it's 36 holes away.