Bubba Watson Surging in Lead-up to 84th Masters
Momentum can mean everything in sports, and Team cbdMD athlete Bubba Watson is certainly picking up speed on his way to Augusta for the Masters.
The U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY – the first major event of the new season – was a brutal affair for most of the world’s top golfers. Only one competitor managed to come in under par. And while Watson made the cut, it just wasn’t his tournament to win.
Since then, Watson tied for seventh place at the CJ Cup (Shadow Creek) and tied for fourth place at the Zozo Championship (Sherwood). His performance at Sherwood included a blistering second-round 63 – only one stroke off Tiger Wood’s course record.
Watson will take that energy with him to the 2020 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on November 12-15. And while he’s won the tournament twice (2012, 2014), he and the rest of the field will face an unfamiliar environment in Augusta.
First, the tee boxes, fairways, and greens are usually lined with throngs of fans during the Masters. But due to safety measures, that won’t be the case this year.
“Ya know, I’m gonna be honest. With my tendency to get distracted, I thought I’d like playing without the fans,” Watson said with a laugh. “But I was wrong. I hate it.”
“I mean, I don’t miss having somebody laugh at me for three-putting a green, but I really do miss the energy fans bring to the game. And I didn’t realize how much I’d miss it until they weren’t there. So I’m really looking forward to the day we can get everyone back out there safely.”
With the 84th edition of the tournament taking place in November rather than April, Watson and the rest of the field will face a familiar course that presents new challenges.
“It’s going to be interesting to see exactly how the course plays. It could play a little longer and a little tougher. It might look different with the trees changing color and the leaves falling off. It’s just going to be a different course, and we’ll all have to adjust club selection and visualize shots differently. I think it’s going to be fun, though.”
Watson’s early surge this season isn’t the result of a new swing mechanic or a lucky charm. Instead, it’s the culmination of lifestyle changes he adopted over the past three years, which includes the addition of CBD to his routine.
Watson recently appeared on Brian Berger’s Sports Business Radio Podcast (SBR) and was interviewed by Steve DiMeglio for Golfweek. During the interviews, he discussed his struggle with stress issues and his relationship with cbdMD. He points to the advice of doctors, enhanced routines, support from loved ones, and regular daily servings of cbdMD’s CBD oil as paths to improved stress management, better sleep, and staying at a consistent weight.
On the more recent events of 2020, Watson told Berger, “Now we're dealing with stuff we’ve never had to deal with. I don't think many people alive have had to deal with something like this. And so we’re all learning together. And again, the CBD oil I started three years ago, cbdMD has helped me get where I am.”
Others in Watson’s circle, including his caddie Ted Scott, are seeing a difference as well.
“I’ve noticed a difference in the way he is handling stress on the course, especially at the U.S. Open,” Scott told Golfweek.
“I think he’s in a very good position going to Augusta.”
The early rounds of the 84th Masters Tournament will be shown on ESPN. Rounds three and four (Nov. 14-15) will be broadcast on CBS. Check local listings for time and availability.