Bubba Watson on 2012 Masters win: ‘To God be the glory’

Bubba Watson won the Masters at Augusta National Sunday—the achievement of a lifetime for any professional golfer—with a win made … Continued

Bubba Watson won the Masters at Augusta National Sunday—the achievement of a lifetime for any professional golfer—with a win made even more electrifying by his sudden-death playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen.

The backdrop was dramatic enough, but the star golfer and committed Christian saw spiritual meaning in his Easter Sunday win.

 

 

Sunday morning, Watson tweeted a Scripture verse thanking God “in all circumstances.”

And Watson did just that, after his victory.

During a post-win news conference, the golfer, who describes himself on Twitter as “Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer. Owner of General Lee 1,” talked about God’s role in the recent adoption of his infant son Caleb, and his own spiritual maturation, including his decision in 2004 to ‘give myself to the Lord:’

 

 

Watson’s wife Angie, who was at home with their baby, mirrored her husband’s sentiments, tweeting “Baby Caleb, a green jacket, none compare to the price Jesus paid to make today possible!”

Watson joins other prominent athletes, most recently the new-New York Jet Tim Tebow and New York Knick Jeremy Lin, who use their sports fame to share the Gospel.

 

 


View Photo Gallery: The golf star joins a host of other prominent athletes known for their faith as well as their athletic achievements.

 

 

About

Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • mortified469

    Another weirdo prefessing fake faith in public.

  • wearedoomed1

    “Fake faith”? Guess you must be a mind reader.

    Regardless of your opinion, he’s now the Masters champ. And you’re still a spiteful person.

  • vin_p632

    Bubba, save yoiur preachy sermons for the pews in your church. Lots of people, even non-Christians by god, play golf and experience “miraculous” events. Say like, f’r instance, Oosthizen’s double eagle!

    What one shouild say about that? “The Lord giveth and the lord taketh away”? Perhaps, God loved Louis, but not as much as he loved good ol’ boy, Bubba?

    Bubba, it was a great achievment, and you deserve the trophy, but God wasn’t sitting “up” there on his throne wondering if he should give the tournament to you or the other guy.

    That’s what all that “Jesus” talk implies: “All Glory goes to Him” who made me instead of the other guy the champ. Show some humility. You may think giving all the credit to God is humble, but it implies something a lot more egotistical. You owe a lot more to sheer luck and chance and Mr. Oosthuizen’s coming up one short than you do to God.

  • ccnl1

    Bubba, Bubba, Bubba,

    Great you are at golf. Not so much with respect to the contemporary world of religion. To get you started on the correct path, a prayer:

    The Apostles’ Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

  • monstervotepromos

    Gentlemen, gentlemen! Let us not make this an adversarial conversation regarding the passionate display of faith and committed religion. There is no need to take sides in this matter. Let us, instead, come to appreciate the miraculous and glorified snap-hook that was faithfully executed by this child of God named Bubba, to win the coveted Masters Golf Tournament. Well! My, my, my. As we read in DooDaRomney 20:12…sometimes the vast overwhelming adversity and, and the devil-ish adversaries just won’t cease in their attempts to bring, to bring…I said to bring…EEEEEEE-vil into your midst, but you know you have to cut them off, sometimes you just have to cut them off, brothers and sisters, with the 9-iron of justice, hallelluhah! What you are is God’s gift to you, but what you make of yourself is your gift to God! Without much opinion on the matter, I’d say Bubba did well, y’al, by making himself the 2012 Masters champion. Can I get a glass of water before I get started here…lawd have mercy! Congratulations, Bubba, job well done.

  • monstervotepromos

    Gentlemen, gentlemen! Let us not make this an adversarial conversation regarding the passionate display of faith and committed religion. There is no need to take sides in this matter. Let us, instead, come to appreciate the miraculous and glorified snap-hook that was faithfully executed by this child of God named Bubba, to win the coveted Masters Golf Tournament. Well, well, well. My, my, my. As we read in DooDaRomney 20:12…sometimes vastly overwhelming adversity and, and the devil-ish adversaries just won’t cease moving in their attempts to bring…I said to bring…EEEEEEE-vil into your midst. But you know you have to cut them off and sometimes you just have to cut them off, brothers and sisters, with the perfect 9-iron of justice, hallelluhah! What you are is God’s gift to you, but what you make of yourself is your gift to God! Without having much opinion on the matter personally, I’d say that Bubba did well, y’al, by making himself the 2012 Masters champion. Now, can I get a glass of water right before I get started here…lawd have mercy, lawd have mercy! Congratulations, Bubba, job well done.

  • wearedoomed1

    So vin, sounds like YOU’VE determined that religion has no place in the public square, in additon to government. Talk about egotistical. This guy isn’t a politician and has no influence over public policy, so why not just let him speak his peace and give thanks as he sees fit?

  • DCModerateGuy1

    “speak his peace” — Nice. Pun intended, I assume.

  • notinid

    Christian athletes bearing witness in the face of RADICAL ISLAM which is actually SUPPORTED by our ‘intelligentsia’ in Washingtoon, DIZZY, home of SECULAR HUMANISM.

    Go ATHLETES!

  • flarrfan

    I thought it was a wedge of justice?

  • catatonicjones

    He has every right to his religious proclamations, we have every right to make fun of him for it. What’s your problem doomed? Do you hate America?

  • catatonicjones

    secular humanism supports islam? Are you nuts (I know, a redundant question).

  • pius123

    I live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was 3:30AM(Early morning) and I was still awake when sudden death play off on the 10th hole started. Bubba’s magical shot can never be forgotten and he deserves the green jacket. Louis Oosthuizen’s double eagle shot was also unbelievable.
    Congratulations to both!!!
    Pius
    Dubai

  • JustAthoughtt

    Win, lose, or draw… To God be the Glory!

  • JohnBGriffith

    If Bubba had help from Jesus then he did not win fair and square, ergo he cheated, and should return the jacket. So, which is it, Bubba? Did you do this or was it Jesus?

  • Jerry_R

    “Did you do this or was it Jesus?”

    see…..that isn’t how it works. jc or god never does anything for us, but still expect to get all the credit when it goes well, and no blame for disaster. So to summarized, god – good, us – bad. I think I may finally be getting thei xtian stuff down….

  • jade_alpha

    Yes! Praise be to the god who apparently cares enough about a GAME to decide its winner but not enough about the children starving to death in Africa to feed them.

  • Counterww

    You guys can make fun all yo want. ….it does illustrate your character, or I should say lack thereof. Not very mature either it makes the rules our mothers said about ” not saying anything at all, if you cannot say something nice”, passé I guess.

  • itsthedax

    Well, if god did all the work and gets all the credit, Bubba probably shouldn’t cash the check or have his name inscribed on the trophy.

  • Chip_M

    Perhaps not nuts, but definitely ignorant.

  • Chip_M

    There are few things quite as nauseating as this kind of phony humility that’s actually incredible arrogance. Yeah, Bubba, you’re just so special that the supreme being of all creation took time out of his busy day to make you win at golf. God just loves you more than those people who died of cancer or starvation while you were out enjoying your rich man’s game. Pompous idiot.

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