The PGA Tour rolls into Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational the week after next, but Bubba Watson plans to arrive sooner. He won’t be there for an early peek at Bay Hill, though – he and his family are relocating to Orlando and looking to move in next week. And, he revealed Friday, their new house just happens to be Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren's old house at Isleworth.
"It's true," Watson said at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. "We closed last summer and we're moving in next Thursday or Friday."
Woods, of course, has decamped to his oceanfront mansion on Jupiter Island, Fla.
Watson and wife Angie looked at dozens of places before they even checked Woods' old digs out. And in the seven months since they made the purchase, they have overseen a complete renovation of the property.
"We ended up changing everything. We probably saved maybe five percent of it," Watson said. "We built it all around Caleb. There are like three playrooms."
At Isleworth, Watson's neighbors will include fellow PGA Tour players including Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.
"The one I've talked to the most is Charles Howell," Watson said. "He has two kids and talked about how family-oriented Isleworth is. They got programs for kids, tennis camps, golf camps, family night every Wednesday night for dinner. They were all things we wanted to be involved in, and the golf course is really good, too, for me to practice."