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Few golfers can bend it like defending champ Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson hits a shot during a practice

Bubba Watson hits a shot during a practice round before the start of the 2013 Masters at Augusta National. (April 8, 2013) Credit: Getty

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- If someone insisted on commemorating the remarkable bending shot around the trees that won the Masters last year, Bubba Watson never would stop them. "Well," he said, "who wouldn't want to see a plaque that says 'Bubba' in the middle of the pine straw?

"But I would never ask for a plaque," he said. "If I do it again this year, then, yes, there should be a plaque."

There is no need for any kind of marker for location purposes. Most of the spectators and a fair number of pros practicing for this year's Masters, which begins Thursday, gravitate to the spot from which Watson launched a wild shot that landed on the green, secured his playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen and changed Watson's life forever.

The whole episode still hits home, hard and directly, for the whimsical, big-hitting defending champion. He was asked Tuesday, innocently enough, about memorable moments with his green jacket.

Watson paused, choked up and broke down during his news conference before he told the story that his only noteworthy memory was of wrapping his newly adopted baby son Caleb in it. "That ends our press conference," he said, wiping away tears, as his audience laughed.

He did go on to speak on a range of topics, such as his menu for the Champions Dinner Tuesday night (he wouldn't detail it, asserting that it would remain a surprise) and his appearance with fellow pros in the campy Golf Boys videos ("The biggest star is obviously me and the weakest star is obviously me because I cry a lot," he said).

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