Category: Sports / April 10, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
Bubba Watson' emotions overwhelmed him after winning the 2012 Masters, and nearly a year later he cried again when asked on Tuesday (April 9) if he did anything special with the prized green jacket he took away from Augusta National.
Watson recounted the moment at a news conference.
"I told him that I was going to go home and wrap Caleb up in it," he said about the baby boy he and his wife had adopted a week before last year's Masters. "That's the only thing I did with it. Out of respect, out of honour," he added before having to take another long pause.
Tiger Woods, who is trying to win his fifth Masters Championship this year, is happier and healthier than he has been in years. His aching knee has stopped hurting and he has a new love interest. His golf game is in great shape as well, having already won three tournaments this year and returning to top spot in the world rankings. The only thing missing is a new major.
"I think life is all about having a balance and trying to find equilibrium and not getting things one way or the other," he told a news conference at Augusta National on Tuesday. "And I feel very balanced."
Although he has not won the Masters since 2005, Woods has been a contender in all but one of the years since, twice finishing runner-up and coming no worse than sixth in each edition, except last year when he tied for 40th.
World number two Rory Mcilroy was quick to dismiss any notion of a rivalry with Woods on Tuesday.
"When you speak of rivals, you tend to put rivals who have had similar success. He's got 77 PGA Tour events. I've got six. He's got 14 majors. I've got two. So I mean, if I saw myself a rival to Tiger, I wouldn't really be doing him much justice."
McIlroy, proclaiming himself 100 percent comfortable with his golf swing and new clubs, could overtake a resurgent Woods and reclaim the world number one ranking at the Masters, but the 23-year-old Northern Irishman reminded everyone he is still early on his golf journey.
McIlroy, American Keegan Bradley and Swede Fredrick Jacobson will tee off together in Thursday's opening round.
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