MY DEAR WATSON! Locals celebrate homegrown Master

Bubba Watson CNB 4/15

Bubba Watson tears up after winning the Masters Golf Tournament Sunday afternoon in Augusta, Ga.

Published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Allyson Oury of Crestview burst into tears when Bubba Watson clinched his second Masters title on Sunday.

“We cried the first time, we cried this time,” said Oury, who remembers Watson from when she was about 6 years old and lived across the street from his house in Bagdad, a small community in Santa Rosa County. “It’s hard to believe it's that same little boy walking around the yard carrying that golf club everywhere he went. We’re just so proud of him.

“It’s like our little brush with fame.”

Regional excitement

She's no avid golf fan, but Jeanie Owens was glued to the television set on Sunday.  

“He’s local, he’s handsome and everybody loves him,” said the bartender at Fantasy’s in Fort Walton Beach, where people crowded to watch Watson’s win.

Watson — 35, who graduated from Milton High School in 1997 —  had fans in a frenzy as he rallied to win his second green jacket in three years.

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