Bubba Watson 2023: Net worth, Salary, and Endorsements
Bubba Watson (Gerry Lester Watson Jr.) is an unparalleled professional left-handed American golfer. He has scripted a great number of golfing achievements in his career, including two major wins.
In 2022, Watson shocked the golf world by leaving behind the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. Here is all you need to know about Watson's rise to fame, his professional achievements, and other accolades!
Early life and family
Bubba Watson was born on November 5, 1978, in Bagdad, Florida. However, he currently resides at Pensacola, Florida. He started to play at the age of six. At that tender age, his father gave him a cut-down 9-iron with which he played around the house, striking whiffle balls. His father was his first and the only teacher who taught him the basics. After that, Watson taught himself, thus developing a unique playing style.
He married his wife, Angie, in 2004. The couple?adopted?two children. They adopted Caleb, a son in 2012, and a daughter, Dakota, in 2014.
Watson started to play golf at a very young age and never stopped playing it. After initially dabbling in baseball for a while in his Milton high school, Watson left that sport for golf. He played in his school golf team, and when he went to college in Alabama, Faulkner State Community, he continued playing.
Even when Watson went to study at university (the University of Georgia), his passion for the sport did not subside. He left college a year before he graduated and turned?pro?in golf in 2002.
After turning pro, Watson toured from 2001 to 2005 with the Developmental Nationwide Tour. In 2006, as a PGA rookie, Watson led in the driving distance. He averaged around 319.6 yards per drive.
His first-ever victory on the PGA Tour came in June of 2010 at the Travelers Championship. In the following years, Watson went on to win many championships. So far, he has won 12 titles on the PGA Tour, including two major victories. The golfer achieved his career-best second-place rank on the Official World Golf Rankings in February 2015.
In?2012, he played against?Louis Oosthuizen,?a South African golfer, and pipped him to the green jacket.?Winning in the Master's Tournament in 2012 was not the only achievement. Bubba Watson again flaunted his unique style and talent for golf in?2014. He wore the "Green Jacket" for the second time.
He came close to winning the PGA Championship in 2010, losing the title to Martin Kaymer at Whistling Straits. He then settled for a solo second-place finish.
US national team appearances
Bubba Watson has been part of the Ryder Cup squads for the USA four times to date (2010, 2012, 2014, and 2018). He has also been a part of the Presidents Cup squad in 2011 and 2015. Both times, Team US emerged as the winner of the competition.
Move to LIV Golf
In 2022, Bubba Watson was one of the biggest names to move to LIV Golf. Per the Telegraph, the 2-time major winner had signed a whopping $50 million contract with the Saudi-backed circuit! However, his knee surgery kept him away from the greens that year.
After joining the LIV league, Watson was also made captain of the RangeGoats GC. It is one of the twelve teams in the league and includes Talor Gooch, Thomas Pieters, and Harold Varner III.
Net worth and endorsements
Per GolfSpan, Bubba Watson boasts a net worth of $40 million. According to various sources, he has pocketed a total of $48,049,780 in career earnings, averaging $2,669,432 in prize money per year. However, his jaw-dropping contract with LIV Golf is bound to have significantly boosted his wealth.
Luxury watch brand Richard Mille has partnered up with Watson to promote the brand. The brand has customized Bubba Watson watches: RM 38-01 Tourbillon G-Sensor, RM 055, and RM 038 Tourbillon, designed especially for him. Apart from watches, Bubba Watson has been linked with Linksoul and has often worn the brand on the golf course. He has also partnered up with PING and Nike. He has often used PING equipment while playing. Moreover, the golfer has also been seen wearing Nike Jordans on the field.
|Full Name||Gerry Lester Watson Jr|
|Spouse||Angie (m. 2004)|
|College||Faulkner State Community; University of Georgia|
|Professional Wins||14, Master?s Championships (2012,2014)|