Who the heck is Bubba Watson?

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Do you know this man? More than 40 percent of people in a recent survey had no clue.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 | 9:52 p.m.

Bubba Watson became a megastar in the world of golf after his amazing victory in the Masters four months ago, but he’s apparently got a long way to go before he conquers the world at large.

In a survey conducted by CBS News that was reported in the August issue of Vanity Fair magazine, a sampling of 976 adults nationwide was asked: Who is Bubba Watson?

The choices were:
A. Pro golfer
B. Famous blues guitarist
C. Governor of Virginia
D. Celebrity Chef
E. Don’t know

Only 31 percent of the respondents correctly identified Watson as a pro golfer – 44 percent said they didn’t know who he was, while 17 percent thought he was a blues guitarist, six percent thought he was the governor of Virginia and three percent thought he was a celebrity chef.

“The 33-year-old Georgian golfer and winner of this year’s Masters—over an especially surly Tiger Woods—is still an unknown,” said CBS News.

“Amazingly, 44 percent did not know that he recently won the world's most prestigious golf title -- the Masters -- with an unforgettable recovery shot out of the woods,” CBS added, with the presumption that the Masters is in fact the world’s most prestigious tournament and an unnecessary swipe at Tiger. “If he keeps playing like that, they won't be forgetting his name very much longer.”

Not to nitpick, but I don’t think the poll respondents forgot who Bubba was; they likely hadn’t heard of him yet. But I do agree – if Bubba continues to play well and win more majors, more people will get to know him for the genuine, easygoing, fun-loving and quick-witted guy he is, and he’ll be on the way to becoming a star who transcends golf. Unless, that is, he decides to become a celebrity chef, the governor of Virginia or -- my personal Plan B for Bubba -- a blues guitarist.