Bubba Watson surprises Drive, Chip and Putt contestants at Augusta

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Bubba Watson made an unscheduled guest appearance Sunday at the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, April 06, 2014 | 12:10 p.m.

Bubba Watson was watching Sunday morning's telecast of the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship from his hotel room in Augusta, Ga., when he realized he'd rather be there in person to cheer on the 88 boys and girls competing.

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So the 2012 Masters champion made the short trip to Augusta National Golf Club and stood on the sideline, watching some of the country's best youth golfers hitting drives at the Tournament Practice Facility and impressed by their talent.

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While they waited for their turn at the tee, Watson came by and shook each golfer's hand -- in some cases, tapping them on the shoulder to make them turn around. You can imagine the shock and surprise on each girl's face as they suddenly realized who it was wishing them luck.

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Watson wasn't the only one enthralled by the inaugural event. Fuzzy Zoeller and Fred Couples were also in attendance Sunday, along with Augusta National member and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Here's the video from the Golf Channel broadcast, and notice how emotional Bubba gets when talking about youth golf.