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SS PODCAST: Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson on faith, mental health & adoption

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING BUBBA WATSON

Bubba Watson is a PGA Tour pro who has 14 professional wins, including the 2012 and 2014 Masters.

His real name is Gerry, but he was nicknamed by his father after NFL football player Bubba Smith. Watson grew up in Bagdad, Florida, then began his college golf career at Faulkner State Community College in Alabama, where he became a junior college All-American. He then transferred to the University of Georgia, helping the Bulldogs win the SEC title in 2000. He turned pro in 2002 and claimed his first PGA Tour win in 2010 at the Travelers Championship.

Watson is married to Angie (née Ball), a former basketball player at Georgia. They were married in September 2004, and later discovered they were unable to have children naturally. The Watsons adopted a baby boy in 2012, and later a baby girl in 2014.

Detailing his golf journey, battles with mental health and his faith in God, Watson has a new book out, “Up and Down: Victories and Struggles in the Course of Life,” which releases Tuesday.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Watson about his new book and why he wanted to share his pain with the world. We talk faith and he shares his testimony. We talk mental health and why it was important for him to bring Christ into his battle. Finally, we talk adoption and why he and his wife decided to make adoption an option.

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