Masters winner Watson thrills local friends, fans
Local restaurant owner Tim Carter said that Masters golf tournament champion Bubba Watson, fortunately, disproves the adage that nice guys finish last.
On Sunday, Watson captured his second Masters championship in the past three years, winning the professional golf tour’s most prestigious tournament. Carter became casual friends with Watson several years ago when the pro golfer was in High Point and would stop by the Carter Brothers Bar-B-Que & Ribs restaurant.
Watson is longtime friends with golfer Scott Newton of High Point, who’s now lead pastor with the local Connection Church, and Newton’s sister Marcy Hart, who’s been a professional player on the women’s golf circuit. Carter jokes that Newton refers to the Carter Brothers N. Main Street location as “his second office.”
Carter told The High Point Enterprise that Watson has dined at the restaurant on several occasions, always showing appreciation for fans who approach him and chatting with Carter Brothers employees.
Carter said that he admires the deep Christian faith of Watson and his wife, Angie, and how they reflect it both in their lives and their outreach through their charitable works.
“He’s an incredible guy with an incredible faith — very humble. He has an easy way about him,” Carter said about Watson, the 35-year-old golfer who grew up in a small town in Florida before playing college golf at the University of Georgia.
Watson, who started his professional golf career 13 years ago, becomes one of only 17 golfers to win multiple Masters championships in the 80-year history of the tournament.
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Masters winner and giving back
Two-time Masters golf champion Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie, established The Bubba Watson Foundation Inc. to help those in need. The foundation’s mission is to enhance the lives of people, with an emphasis on helping and inspiring children, young adults and military service members. The foundation — through its website www.bubbawatsonfoundation.org — supports existing organizations and administers programs of its own.