Sport Photo: Bubba Watson’s Special Masters Shoes Are Going Viral
Forty years after winning 1981 Masters, Tom Watson recalls accomplishing what few golfers have pulled off
Byron Nelson taught Tom Watson how to handle major championship pressure after some Sunday failures early in his career. He noticed Watson walked too quickly and rushed his decision-making. Walking a beat slower had multiple benefits including a smoother rhythm to Watson’s swing. Nelson dispelled other morsels of wisdom, including this one that wedged into Watson’s head for all these years. “He said, ‘I always wanted to be a little bit unsure about my golf swing or the way I was playing because that made me sharp and focused,’ ” Watson said.
The 2021 Masters gets underway on Thursday morning, with golf’s best taking to Augusta National Golf Club in pursuit of the green jacket.
Two-time Masters championwill be among the field of 88 teeing off on Thursday. The 42-year-old has always performed well at Augusta, winning the major title in 2012 and 2014.
But, for the 2021 tournament, Watson decided to make a major change. Not to his game or his bag, but just to his footwear.
Watson previewed a special pair of shoes that he plans to wear this weekend at The Masters. The custom-made Jordan’s are all-white with green accents and green bottoms to pay homage to the tournament’s traditional color.
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It's April in Augusta, Georgia. That means the Masters Tournament is underway at Augusta National Golf Club. In the 85th edition of the Masters, Justin Rose leads through 36 holes at 7 under after carding a 72 on Friday. One shot behi nd Rose are Will Zalatoris and Brian Harman at 6 under. Marc Leishman and Jordan Spieth are T-4 at 5 under while Bernd Wiesberger, Tony Finau, Justin Thomas, Si Woo Kim and Cameron Champ are T-6 at 4 under. Among the most notable players to miss the cut on Friday were reigning champion Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy.
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Whether Watson is in contention or not, he’ll definitely be among the most stylish at Augusta this week.
Given his track record at The Masters, Watson will be one to watch on the leaderboard over the course of the next four days. However, since winning the green jacket in 2014, the long-hitting lefty has struggled to stay consistent.
Watson’s best year came in 2018, when he ripped off three PGA Tour wins over a five-month span. In 2021, he’s struggled, missing the cut in three of his last five starts.
Watson will tee-off alongside Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland on Thursday morning at 10:06 ET. Check out the full list of tee times and pairings.
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Masters 2021: Will Zalatoris continues to find success by bucking conventional wisdom .
Masters 2021: Will Zalatoris continues to find success by bucking conventional wisdomAUGUSTA, Ga. — It’s a funky name. Long, too—nine letters, to be exact. But it rolls off the tongue, and that’s good news for golf fans, because it’s not going anywhere.