SAN FRANCISCO -- It's Bubba's world, and we're all just living in it.
Bubba Watson's victory in the Masters tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Sunday sent him on a dizzying media tour this week, from Golf Channel in Orlando to "Late Night with David Letterman" in New York. Not surprisingly, the parade of appearances showed Watson in all his homespun, backwater quirkiness.
Among the highlights:
-- Letterman, the king of goofiness, asked Watson to describe his personal style and approach to golf. Watson paused, flashed his goofy smile and replied, "Awesome!"
Safe to say, Tiger Woods could not have pulled off a similar response.
-- Asked on Golf Channel what the Champions Dinner menu might look like next year at Augusta National, Watson said, "I love Waffle House -- a grilled cheese from Waffle House and hash browns."
Can you even picture Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer eating grilled cheese sandwiches in their green jackets?
-- CNN's Piers Morgan wondered why Watson agreed to their interview. Watson said it was because Morgan was a jerk on "America's Got Talent," and Watson wanted the chance to give him some grief. Their ensuing verbal jousting was quite entertaining.
-- When President Barack Obama called to congratulate him, Watson said he greeted the president by saying, "Hey, buddy, how you doing?" No word on whether Obama addressed Watson as "Mr. Bubba."
So, yes, Watson brings some personality to his new role as Masters champion. He grew up in tiny Bagdad, Fla., has not taken a lesson and a few years ago paid $110,000 for the General Lee, the orange 1969 Dodge Charger made famous on "The Dukes of Hazzard."
Watson grew to love golf by trying to hook and slice Wiffle balls around trees on his family's 1 1/2 -acre property. He drew a 5-foot-diameter circle in the dirt driveway, pretended that was the hole and bent those Wiffle balls every which way he could.
That skill proved useful in his playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen.
Watson became emotional when talking about a congratulatory tweet he received from Steve Elkington, winner of the 1995 PGA Championship. Elkington and Watson had a public feud at a tournament in New Orleans four years ago, when the telecast caught Bubba angrily complaining (and cursing) about Elkington walking during Watson's shots.
As Watson explained this week, the tiff had its roots in an incident earlier in 2008, when Elkington told him young players "don't care about winning, they just care about the money."
"And he looked dead at me," Watson added, "and said, 'In two years, you will be selling cars.' I took that to heart -- it really upset me."
Watson apologized for his outburst after the '08 round in New Orleans, and he and Elkington apparently patched up their differences.
More than anything, Watson is refreshing because he can make fun of himself. When he burst onto the scene in January 2006, hitting mind-blowing 350-yard drives, Woods called him "the future of the game." Told of this, Watson smiled and said, "That's sad, a guy named Bubba could be the future."