Bubba Watson not resting on his laurels ahead of Masters defence
Last Updated: 08/04/13 4:25pm
Bubba Watson heads into the defence of his Masters title this week determined not to become a one-major wonder.
Watson starred at Augusta last year, beating Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a play-off courtesy of an escape from the trees that went down as one of golf's greatest shots.
The affable Floridian does not want that success to be regarded as a flash in the pan, and he admitted he sought out other recent winners to get some advice on his new-found stardom.
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Asked if he had readjusted his sights, Watson said: "Well, it's funny you ask me that question, because as soon as I won I sought out some players that have won recently.
"I sought out Graeme McDowell, (Rory) McIlroy, asked Tiger (Woods), asked some big-name players that have won (like) Charl Schwartzel. I asked, how do you deal with it, because the first three months to the first six months, your sponsors, media, you get more attention.
"You've got more fans and so you get away from the game of golf. Golf is the last thing on anybody's mind but you still have to keep executing.
"In Campbell's situation...that's what I tried to not do. I tried to get out of that situation fast, and it helped me too that I had my child; we had adopted our son Caleb so I spent a few months with him. I missed a couple of tournaments that I normally play in and I got to relax, reset, refocus.
"I missed my first two cuts after my long layoff, but then I finished second again right after that.
"You have to do that because you don't want to be known for the one tournament. You want to go out there and compete.
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"I want to play for many more years and so I got lucky because we adopted our child at the same time, so I got to focus on family, I got to focus on other things other than golf, and then it helped me reset. Then I was itching to go back out there and play and compete.
"My manager Jens Beck has been in this business for a while and I would say he gave me the best advice.
"His advice was golf first. So we've cancelled a lot of media requests, we've cancelled a lot of things to make golf first. I was Bubba Watson the golfer first before I won, so we have to keep it simple and remember that golf (comes) first.
"So we told our sponsors, 'Look, I know you want to do things and do this, but you don't like Bubba if Bubba isn't playing good, so golf is first."