Fun in the sun at Augusta as defending champion Watson sinks hole-in-one in Masters practice round… and he didn't cry!
16:47 GMT, 10 April 2013
17:08 GMT, 10 April 2013
Bubba Watson is clearly in top form to defend his green jacket in style after getting a hole-in-one in a practice round today.
Last year's Champion was playing a practice round before the tournament starts tomorrow, and achieved a hole-in-one on Augusta's par 3 16th hole.
Watson's practice partner Scott Piercy described Watson's reaction: 'Arms in the air, big smile, like a little kid in the candy store,' he told the Chicago Tribune.
High fives: Bubba Watson (right) laps up the apprecation of the crowd after sinking a hole-in-one
Mini-me: Watson takes out his driver during a practice round today ahead of defending his Masters title
Turtle and the hare: Sergio Garcia attempts to chase some unwanted visitors back into the pond today
'That was really cool. To do it on 16 at the Masters, I'm sure it's something he’ll never forget. And I can tell my kids that Bubba Watson made a hole in one here, and I saw it.'
Watson's caddie, Teddy Scott, told the same paper: 'The crowd was obviously really into it. any time somebody makes a hole-in-one, if there's just four of you playing with your buddies, you're excited. So everybody was pumped and high-fiving. It was cool.'
Ready and waiting: Rory McIlroy plays a shot in today's practice round ahead of the Masters starting tomorrow
Face in the crowd: Scotsman Paul Lawrie hits a shot from the trees in a practice round today
The amazing feat comes the day after the Masters Club Dinner in honour of Watson, a tradition started by Ben Hogan in 1952.
Fans leapt to Watson's defence over the menu he chose for the meal, which Sir Nick Faldo joked on Twitter was a 'happy meal'.
Posting a message to Watson, Faldo said: 'You had a year to decide on, grilled chicked, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni & cheese!!!#HappyMeal #PlayLikeaChampion,' before quoting a Tweet from a fan which suggested diners got a toy prize if they cleaned their plates.
Happy meal: Sir Nick Faldo joked about the quality of Watson's Masters Club Dinner menu
Hitting the target: Argentinean Angel Cabrera chips on the driving range before a practice round today
Watson broke down in tears in a press conference yesterday after a reporter asked him what he did with the green jacket he won last year.
He also famously cried on the shoulder of his mother Molly when he won the tournament after a play-off with Louis Oosthuizen, leading to the nickname 'Blubba.'
Suits you: Two Australian fans got in on the fun (above) while another fan proposed to his partner (below)