Golf isn’t like other sports. There is no goal weight, or universally-accepted fitness regime. What works for some players doesn’t for others. Bubba Watson, whose 6-foot-3, 190 pound frame had helped him onto nine PGA Tour wins and two green jackets, all while becoming the longest driver on tour, had seemed to hit upon his own formula. Whatever he was doing, it seemed to everybody on the outside, was working.
But ahead of the 2017 PGA Tour season, Bubba decided to make a change.
“Every once in a while when you get older, when you have a birthday, you kind of think, I’m a lot older than I used to be, so I need to get in shape,” Bubba, who will turn 39 later this year, said last month. “I want to play that Champions Tour, I need to get in shape.”
So, he did. He shed between and 15 and 20 pounds (he’s now just over 170 pounds) over the course of the offseason by overhauling his diet, according to USA Today sports property Golfweek:
“Oh, everything that tastes good,” he said. “Actually, I’m eating small meals more times. I threw in fish for the first time, a lot of chicken. Normally I don’t like eating on the golf course, but we made these little protein balls.
“No chips. I haven’t had a chip probably in three or four months. So it’s just things like that. The stuff everybody loves? I just cut it out. So I’m basically just bitter at the world.”
And he looks great, too! The picture on the left was taken on Thursday, during his opening-round 74 on a tough day at the Masters. The one on the left was taken in 2012, when he was 33, en-route to his first Masters victory.
The secret to two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s rapid weight loss