Bubba Watson speaks at Georgia student athlete banquet

Bubba Watson
University of Georgia Athletics
Bubba Watson shopped for a stuffed Bulldog for 2-year-old son Caleb in the University of Georgia bookstore during his return to campus on Monday.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 7:57 p.m.

Monday was a big day in the Bubba Watson camp. His caddie, Ted Scott, spent the day trying to play his way into the Zurich Classic over in New Orleans. And Bubba himself spent the day back in Athens, Ga., where he starred on the University of Georgia golf team in 2000-2001.

Watson returned to his old college haunt to speak at the Bulldogs' Student Athlete Awards Banquet – where, of course, he wore his Green Jacket. He also spent plenty of time visiting some of his coaches and teachers, hanging out at the bookstore, signing autographs and taking some pictures.

Before the banquet, Watson and Bulldogs Golf Coach Chris Haack sat down for a quick video interview with student media.

"It's always good to come back," Watson said. "This is where I learned a lot about my golf game and learned a lot about life. It's where you have to grow up – if you don't grow up in college, you're not gonna make it in the real world."

Despite winning the Masters twice in the last three seasons, Watson hasn't changed, said Haack.

"He's still a prankster, jokester, still very humble," Haack said. "One of the most beautiful things about Bubba is that like me he's a big baby – we'll cry at the drop of a hat when we get emotional."

There's much more in the video interview, and there's an expansive photo gallery of Bubba's day as well.