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HOW TO LOOK LIKE: A SURVIVOR
June 11, 2012
Nothing about Bubba Watson screams future U.S. Open champion, but no one imagined that he'd win the Masters, either. Bubba's all about defying the odds
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June 11, 2012

How To Look Like: A Survivor

Nothing about Bubba Watson screams future U.S. Open champion, but no one imagined that he'd win the Masters, either. Bubba's all about defying the odds

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Famously, the national championship is meant to identify the best players, not embarrass them. But how does that apply to a 6'3" folk hero with floppy hair, a penchant for wearing his emotions on his sleeve (especially after he dries his tears on said portion of his shirt) and a pink driver? The guy is singularly identifiable and particularly immune to embarrassment. See the Golf Boys video or his online come-ons to the Ellen show if you need proof.

On paper, his ball-bashing, shot-shaping approach has no chance at the Open. Olympic's slopes and angles and the USGA's rough should destroy anyone who tries to outmacho them. If you miss the fairway at the Open, you won't find a fluffy lie in the pine straw from which to corkscrew a wedge. Still, skeptics used to say Bubba would never win, period. Too unconventional, too jumpy. But he did. Then they said he'd never win a major. He did that, too. Whatever the challenge, Bubba figures it out. Behold, the survivor.

VISOR

Ping. With moisture-wicking sweatband and plenty of elastic to keep the flowing locks in place.

SHIRT

Travis Mathew Seaside Polo. Horizontal stripes break up the otherwise understated cool.

BELT

Travis Mathew Icon

WATCH

Richard Mille RM038. Built specifically for Bubba, it's made of a lightweight alloy with a ceramic coating and weighs less than 25 grams. Only 38 of them were produced, and the watches sold out despite a price tag of $525,000 each.

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