PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – When asked to name the most interesting congratulatory message following his recent Masters victory, Bubba Watson didn’t hesitate.
“I'm a big NBA fan, so LeBron James sent me a DM on Twitter,” he reported. “It was pretty funny, I wrote back to him through Twitter. I said, ‘You know, I saw you on a cell phone commercial, so you can just text me if you want to give me your number. We don't have to tweet each other. So he DM'd me his number back, so I've texted with him. Obviously, that's a big deal for me.”
James isn’t the only NBA star with whom Watson has been communicating. He also heard from newly named MVP Kevin Durant.
“I sent some messages back to Kevin Durant, when that article came out, or the headline came out, which was one of the dumbest headlines I've ever seen. [A recent headline in the Daily Oklahoman called him “Mr. Unreliable.”] I guess it worked, because it inspired him a little bit, or maybe it's my text message that inspired him. We'll go with that.”
Unlike two years ago, Watson didn’t hit the talk show circuit directly after his win, but for a few good reasons.
“We scheduled a vacation, me and my wife, way before the Masters, and so I didn't want to change that after winning the Masters,” he said. “And I felt like going up to New York wasn't the right time for me, because it was the one‑year anniversary of the Boston bombing up there, so there was no reason for me to go up there with the green jacket. Let them mourn their year, their losses and what happened. So I didn't do any media.”
Instead, he visited his old schools, both in Bagdad, Fla., and Athens, Ga.
“For me to sit there on stage and realize what I was doing, to be able to give back to a community, be able to give back to a school that gave so much to me. I might not have used my time wisely in school, but the teachers were giving their heart to each kid and to me. So I wanted to give back a little bit. So I did that at each school, Bagdad and then Hobbs Middle School and then Milton High School.
“The kids could care less about me giving the check, so I did a photo for all the kids and signed every single one, and then I bought pizza for the kids. The high school could care less who Bubba Watson is. They're like, ‘Free pizza? Yeah, perfect. We like that guy.’”