New Masters champion Bubba Watson announced he is going to run for U.S. President.
Of course, Watson was joking but given how he took New York by storm the Augusta National winning hero is sure to poll plenty of votes.
Watson was waiting to be a guest on CBS’s ‘This Morning’ when he met Virginia Governor, Robert McDonnell, who PGA Tour.com believe is rumoured to be seeking the Republican Vice-President nomination.
And after shaking hands with McDonnell Watson jokingly tells PGA Tour Entertainment that he’s going to announce he’s running for President on the show.
“I think I would get some votes with the Green Jacket on,” said Watson.
“Especially in Georgia.” He decides to save the “official” announcement for later as a guest on “Morning Joe.”
Watson ended his whirlwind two-day visit of the ‘Big Apple’ on Wednesday with an interview with Fox Sports before heading for his home.
Thanks again to PGA Tour.com is a minute-by-minute account of Watson’s second day in New York.
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1 p.m. — Before he can leave and head to Teterboro Airport, Bubba poses for about 20 more photos. The man from Fox who had been shepherding Watson around said, “I have never seen so many anchors come out (to meet) anyone before.”
12:55 p.m. — The interview at Fox is the last one of a busy 36 hours. Bubba talked about how much he is looking forward to getting home. “It will be the first time we will be home together by ourselves,’ Watson said, referring to his wife Angie and their new baby.
12:50 p.m. — The interview with Jenna Lee was another emotional one. She asked about Caleb and once again Bubba had to compose himself, stabbing his tongue in his cheek and taking several deep breaths. “He’s more amazing than winning the Green Jacket,” Bubba finally is able to say.
Later, when asked about his faith, Bubba had a similar refrain. “A Green Jacket is a great honor, but you can’t take that to heaven with you,” he said.
12:40 pm — As Bubba waits to go into the Fox News studio, someone asks him if he had the trophy yet. “I just wanted the Green Jacket,” he replies, fingering the lapels. The trophy, a replica of the Augusta National clubhouse, will come later.
12:35 p.m. – As Bubba rides the elevator to the ground floor of the Time Warner Building, a man inside steps over and tells Watson he’s a big fan. Not only of Watson’s golf, the man said, but “more importantly, my wife and I are Christians, too.” Turns out, they’ve adopted two daughters, too, one from Mexico and the other from Colorado. Watson asks how old the daughters were when they were adopted and the man said 19 days and newborn. “You’re an inspiration,” he tells Bubba.
12:05 p.m. — Bubba does an interview with Kyra Phillips for the CNN News Room. He then has time for a few bites of a turkey and cheese sandwich from Subway before appearing on CNN’s World Sport with Pedro Pinto. The interview will be seen all over the globe.
11:35 a.m.. — In the limo on the way to the Time Warner Building for two more interviews, Bubba talks about the creative way he learned to play golf. He started by hitting whiffle balls over his parents’ cars, being careful not to get dirt on the automobiles, and when he got better, lob wedges with real balls off the carpet in the house.
By the time he was a teenager, Bubba was playing golf with adults — including some of his teachers and his principal — at Tanglewood Golf & Country Club near his hometown of Bagdad, Fla. “It doesn’t matter how good you are or how big you are,” Watson says. “Age doesn’t matter in golf.”
1:11 a.m. — As his agent is being interviewed on camera, Bubba talks with a reporter from Bloomberg.com. He tells him he thinks people like him because he’s an “everyday man. It looks like I am having fun out there and I am. And the tears are real.”
Asked whether he knows anything about finance, Bubba grinned. “I know the government is going to take a lot of my check.”
10:37 a.m. — After he finishes with Charlie Rose, Bubba does a TV interview with Rick Horrow, one of the world’s experts on sports business in the lobby in front of a curved
escalator. So many people are trying to take cell phone photos, the producer has to ask them to stop.
10:31 a.m. — Bubba tells Charlie Rose that “golf has let me do a lot of other things that are really important to me” — things like his charity work and encouraging junior golfers to enjoy the game. He runs junior tournaments in Florida and North Carolina.
10:23 a.m. — You can watch Bubba on the Charlie Rose Show at 9 p.m. tonight on PBS. Among the things Watson reveals is that Payne Stewart was his favorite golfer growing up. “I wore knickers until I was 12 years old,” Bubba says. He adds that Payne turned his life around like Watson has — going from a grumpy golfer to one of the game’s truely good guys.
9:55 a.m. — In the limo on the way to the Bloomberg Building where he will film his appearance on the Charlie Rose Show for PBS, Bubba talks about meeting Carole King just outside the make-up room at 30 Rock. She just missed him on Tuesday night at the Piers Morgan Show so she was excited to connect. She said she was not exactly a golf fan but she always watched the Masters.
“It was so cool,” Watson said, who admitted he was too young to remember the singer-songwriter. “She told me no matter what happens, you stay grounded like you are. Fame is fine. She said I can get in restaurants and things like that. But don’t you ever change.”
9:25 a.m. — Bubba tells Mad Dog Radio that the overalls he wore in the Golf Boys video cost him 99 cents at a thrift shop. He’s heading to do Charlie Rose’s show on PBS next.
9:15 a.m. — After Bubba finishes talking with Brian Katrek of PGA TOUR Radio, one of Joe Scarborough’s associates brings five of the familiar yellow pin flags into the green room for Bubba to sign. He had them overnighted from a place outside the Augusta National — only, he bought them for $106 each and they sold at the club last week for $25. Oh well.
8: 40 a.m. — Joe Scarborough is from the Florida Panhandle, Pensacola, to be exact, so the “Morning Joe” host was really looking forward to talking with Watson, who is from nearby Bagdad. Among the nuggets we discovered — Bubba has never bought a suit. He has two, but those were given to him as a member of the U.S. Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. And as far as the Champion’s Dinner next year at Augusta National? The early frontrunners are Chipotle, In-N-Out Burger, Lexington Bar-B-Que and Waffle House.
8:15 a.m. — How funny is this? The comedian Bubba bumped off the David Letterman show, Jim Gaffigan, preceded Watson on the “Morning Joe” show. Later he poses for pictures with Watson and jokes about the fake rivalry with Bubba he’s fabricated on Twitter.
8:02 a.m. – Al Roker at NBC’s “Today Show” will be disappointed to know how close he came to scoring an impromptu interview with Bubba. When the limo stopped outside the 30 Rock building, Roker was doing one of the stand-ups with the crowd outside Rockefeller Center. Watson and his crew walked across the street but the security guard was unable to get anyone’s attention. Instead, Bubba posed for photos with some of the fans.
7:45 a.m. — CBS has invited Bubba to be their guest at the White House Correspondents dinner later this month. It wasn’t an idle comment, either – one of the network’s vice presidents reiterates the invitation and exchanges business cards with Bubba’s agent as the entourage leaves the building.
7:40 a.m. — The appearance at the “Morning Show” goes very well. Bubba talks extensively about his family and how his mom used to work two jobs so he could play golf. Host Charlie Rose tells Bubba there is something about him that connects with America. “Do you feel it?” Rose asks. “Not right now,” Watson says candidly. “It’s just a whirlwind.”
Watson goes on to say he thinks it’s his small-town background that resonates with the fans. “And now here I am, the Masters champ,” he said. “I think all young kids see that, too, and they have something to (dream about).”
7:25 a.m. – After hob-nobbing with the politicos prior to his appearance on ”This Morning,” Bubba jokingly tells PGA TOUR Entertainment that he’s going to announce he’s running for President. “I think I would get some votes with the Green Jacket on,” Bubba said. “Especially in Georgia.” He saves the “official” announcement for “Morning Joe.”
7:25 a.m. — John Grisham, the best-selling author, is on the show after Watson. He walks over, shakes Bubba’s hand. “You made my wife cry and she doesn’t even like golf,” Grisham said. The two talk about Mississippi, where Grisham is from. Watson’s mother Molly is from Boonville, Miss., which is where Grisham’s grandparents lived. Small world.
7:20 a.m. – Gov. McDonnell had one last parting word. “It was a great shot,” he said. “And I appreciate the way you handle yourself. It makes me proud to be an American.”
7:15 a.m. – Gov. McDonnell finishes his segment and comes back to chat with Bubba. “You had nerves of steel down the stretch,” he said. “Not inside,” Bubba responds. “Well, at least you didn’t break down until after you made the putt,” McDonnell said.
7 a.m. — One of the production folks walks in and asks Governor McDonnell and Watson’s agent, Jens Beck, if they can flip flop their spots on the couch. “Politicians never flip-flop,” McDonnell says in mock protest. “OK. Can you reassess your position?” the man asks.
6:55 a.m. — Jack Ford, the legal analyst, walks into the green room outside the CBS ”This Morning” set and introduces himself. “I had a lot of fun watching you,” Ford said. “I had a lot of fun doing it,” Bubba responded.
6:45 a.m. – Just after Bubba walks into Studio 57, Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell spies him and comes over to shake his hand. McDonnell, who is rumored to be on the short list of Republican vice presidential candidates, told Watson he watched the last few holes and congratulated him on his new baby. “That’s the best part,” Bubba responded.
Then McDonnell couldn’t resist. “Was that shot REALLY hooking 40 yards?” he asked. Bubba gave him a knowing smile. “It might have been more,” Bubba said with a smile.
6:40 a.m. – The entourage met in the lobby of the InterContinental Hotel. Bubba says he finally got some sleep – but not until after he watched the Piers Morgan Show and David Letterman.