MY DEAR WATSON! Locals celebrate homegrown Master

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

Across the Emerald Coast, golf enthusiasts, fans and local professionals gathered at area clubs to witness the big moment.

At Shalimar Pointe Golf Club, club pro Jeremy Miller watched alongwith a standing-room only crowd inside the clubhouse restaurant.

"We had a men's league event earlier (on Sunday), and we finished up when Bubba was making the turn," he said. "It was absolutely fantastic. Any time you see a local guy win something as big as the Masters, it's awesome."

Bold shots

Watson captured his second Masters crown in three years thanks to a thrilling Sunday charge that included a number of envelope-pushing shots, including a booming drive on No. 13 to set up a birdie and a memorable second shot at the Par-5 15th hole.

"You're always going to get a big crowd for the Masters, but this was special," Miller said. "Normally people will trickle out through the day, but (Sunday) we were all glued to the TV. It wasn't just that we were watching a local guy, but it's the way he was playing. He was making shots that no tour pro would even dream of, and he did it his way.

"Everybody here was ecstatic to see the local guy play as well as he did."

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