Bubba Watson: Behind the Masters Champ's Adoption Struggle

04/09/2012 at 02:45 PM EDT

Masters Winner Bubba Watson's Adoption Struggle
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It was only their first date, Bubba Watson said, when the topic of children came up.

"Angie told me we would have to adopt because she can’t have kids," says Watson, 33, the new champion of the Masters.

They would start a life together, the pro golfer and his bride, a former pro basketball player in Europe, who married in 2004. Then they began the emotional odyssey to adopt a child.

"Four years ago we started that process," says Watson. "We got turned down a couple of times."



Then came the call on March 22, as Watson was tuning up for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla.

They were approved as parents to a month-old boy.

Bubba Watson: Behind the Masters Champ's Adoption Struggle| Babies, Sports

Angie, Bubba and Caleb Watson

Courtesy Bubba Watson

They thought about it overnight and made their decision the next day. The following Monday, they traveled to South Florida to pick up the little boy they've named Caleb.

But Watson had little time to bond with his son. The PGA pro was off to compete in what would be the biggest tournament of his life, the storied Masters in Augusta, Ga.

Watson, a fan favorite who learned golfing from his weekend duffer dad and never had a formal lesson, won the tournament on Sunday with a speculator hooking shot from the trees, a feat sportswriters called the "Miracle at the Masters."

But Angie, 34, could not join the cheering fans. She nervously watched the drama unfold on television from Florida, where the baby is required to remain for now. (The couple live in Arizona but are renting a house in Orlando during the adoption process).

"I was trying to feed Caleb, put him down for a nap," Angie tells the Golf Channel. "I feel like everything just went so fast."

Now Watson has the tournament's famous green jacket for winners and only one thing on his mind: "To go home to my new son. It's going to be fun."

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