Finding God in the Golf Victory of Bubba Watson

By Karen O’Connor:

Bubba Watson (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

My husband and I were glued to the television during the recent 2012 Master’s Golf Tournament. I was rooting for Bubba Watson, who during that tournament won his first major championship. I liked his calm style, his deep affection for faith and family, and his love for the game. In a nutshell, I’m finding God in the victory and attitude of golf pro Bubba Watson!  

Wall Street Journal reporter John Paul Newport summed up the basis of  the media appeal of  Gary Lester “Bubba” Watson Jr.:

“He’s a natural––untutored and spontaneous . . . he was unfazed by the hoopla.”

Yes! Newport got it right. The young pro shows himself wherever he is, even while going for ‘the Green Jacket.’  I’m thinking of what Paul wrote in the bible: He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (Ephesians 2:10 MSG).

Bubba put it this way, when asked about the fact that he’s never had a formal golf lesson:

“I’ve been blessed  . . . where it’s all worked out for me . . .”

No one got technical with him as a boy. His father recognized his son’s talent and let him ‘play’ the game as he was growing up, finding his way while practicing and enjoying it.

This reminds me of how God is with his sons and daughters. He doesn’t ‘get technical’ with us. He gives us free will while also promising to guide us along the way. We don’t have to worry or fret.

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear  a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it”  (Isaiah 30:21).

Finding God in Bubba Watson’s victory was a cool surprise for me—not something I planned or could have imagined. It was simply another way that God made Himself known to me on a lovely Sunday afternoon. And he will do the same for you—when you least expect it.

According to Wikipedia’s entry on Bubba Watson, “Watson is a committed Christian, speaks openly about the importance of faith in his life, and devotes much of his money and time to charity.”

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com.

If you missed the tournament, view the YouTube video below, featuring a recap of Bubba Watson’s win.

2012 Masters (CBS Sports)

 

Comedy Video by the Golf Boys

You might be surprised by another video: a comedy music video performed for charity by Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson:  Golf Boys – Oh Oh Oh (Official Video).  For every 100,000 views, Farmers Insurance is donating to charity via the Ben Crane initiative:

How silly would you be to raise money for charity? (Click HERE to go to that video, not embedded, so your view will count!)

On Twitter: Bubba Watson @bubbawatson, Ben Crane @bencranegolf,  Hunter Mahan @HunterMahn, and Rickie Fowler @RickieFowlerPGA.

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