Florida Senate - 2014                            (NP)    SR 1752
       By Senator Evers
       2-04245A-14                                           20141752__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution congratulating Florida’s own Bubba Watson
    3         on his 2014 Masters Tournament win.
    5         WHEREAS, Bubba Watson grew up in the Panhandle community of
    6  Bagdad and was introduced to the links at the age of 6, when his
    7  father, Gerry, took him to an area golf course, and
    8         WHEREAS, Bubba Watson was tenacious in pursuing his passion
    9  for the sport, hitting whiffle balls in his yard for hours on
   10  end instead of roughhousing with friends, and
   11         WHEREAS, after graduating from Milton High School and
   12  without any formal training, Bubba Watson made an impressive
   13  showing as an amateur golfer, being named first-team junior
   14  college All-American while playing for Faulkner State Community
   15  College, and
   16         WHEREAS, after transferring from Faulkner State to the
   17  University of Georgia, Bubba Watson helped the Bulldogs clinch
   18  the 2000 Southeastern Conference title, and
   19         WHEREAS, Bubba Watson turned professional in 2003 and
   20  joined the Nationwide Tour, where he played until 2005, and
   21         WHEREAS, Bubba Watson finished 21st on the tour’s money
   22  list in 2005, making him the last player to qualify for the
   23  following year’s PGA Tour, and
   24         WHEREAS, in 2006, his rookie year with the PGA Tour, Bubba
   25  Watson earned more than $1 million, placing 90th overall, and
   26  led the tour in driving distance with 442 yards, and
   27         WHEREAS, in 2010, Bubba Watson claimed his first PGA Tour
   28  win at the Travelers Championship on the second hole of a
   29  sudden-death playoff, and
   30         WHEREAS, as is characteristic of Bubba Watson’s generosity
   31  of spirit and love of family, he dedicated the win to his
   32  father, who was battling cancer and died later that year, and
   33         WHEREAS, in 2011, Bubba Watson took two PGA Tour titles,
   34  besting Phil Mickelson and Webb Simpson, and
   35         WHEREAS, in 2012, Bubba Watson won his first major
   36  championship at the Masters Tournament, where he executed a
   37  miraculous recovery shot from deep in the woods on pine straw in
   38  a sudden-death playoff round against Louis Oosthuizen, and
   39         WHEREAS, his first Masters Tournament title propelled Bubba
   40  Watson to a career-high 4th place in the Official World Golf
   41  Ranking, but that victory was followed by a difficult year on
   42  the PGA Tour that saw him finish with one win, six top-5
   43  finishes, seven top-10 finishes, and three missed cuts, and
   44         WHEREAS, on April 13, 2014, Bubba Watson won the 2014
   45  Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club by three shots
   46  with a score of -8, defeating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt, and
   47         WHEREAS, with his 2014 Masters Tournament win, Bubba Watson
   48  vaulted again to number four in the Official World Golf Ranking,
   49  joining the exclusive company of golfing greats like Jack
   50  Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson, who also earned two
   51  masters titles in a 3-year period, and
   52         WHEREAS, Bubba Watson’s accomplishments on the PGA Tour are
   53  well-known, but he also devotes much of his time and money to
   54  charity and is a committed Christian who speaks openly about the
   55  importance of faith in his life, NOW, THEREFORE,
   57  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   59         That Florida’s own Bubba Watson is recognized for his
   60  outstanding play on the PGA Tour and his 2014 Masters Tournament
   61  win, and
   62         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be
   63  presented to Bubba Watson as a token of the sentiments expressed
   64  herein.