United States of America (USA)
Won the 2012 and 2014 Masters Tournament titles among his nine US PGA Tour victories. His first Masters win came with an audacious shot to beat Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off. Known for his unorthodox swing and approach to the game – which he calls “Bubba Golf” – Watson, whose given name is Gerry Lester Watson, turned professional in 2003 and joined the Web.com Tour, where he played until 2005. He finished 21st on that money list in 2005, making him the last player to qualify for the following year’s PGA Tour. As a rookie in 2006, he earned $1,019,264 and led the PGA Tour in driving distance, at 319.6 yards (292.2 m). His longest drive in professional competition was 442 yards (404 m) at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.