Defending Masters champ Bubba Watson not only lives in Orlando now, but he bought Tiger Woods’ house in Isleworth.
“No, now it’s my house,” cracked Watson. “Yeah, it was Tiger’s house. We re-did it all. We love the location of it and we re-did it all. He let me buy it because he moved out of there (to Jupiter Island). I’ve been in there for four nights now.”
Watson said he’s become a Magic fan, hoping to see the team play Friday night against Oklahoma City and Monday night against the Miami Heat. He wants to buy courtside season tickets
Watson and point guard Jameer Nelson are Isleworth neighbors and have become Twitter and text-message buddies, too. Watson said Nelson took up golf about a year ago.
“He follows golf, and he just started getting lessons,” Watson said of Nelson. “I met him and so we’ve been friends. He’s got four kids. I just adopted Caleb, so I met his kids and he met Caleb.”
Watson, who has a house in Scottsdale, Ariz., said he had some legal red-tape to hurdle with Caleb and couldn’t leave Florida. So his family settled on Isleworth to find a place to lease at first.
“And I said, ‘Do you all rent houses here?’ And they said, ‘No.’ And I said, ‘Here’s my situation,’ “ Watson said.
Watson hasn’t won since capturing the Masters last April, but he has been become friends with the folks on the “Duck Dynasty” reality show. It’s about the Robertson family, who became rich selling duck-call fabrications.
“They have hundreds and hundreds of acres to hunt on,” Watson said. “So they took me to their duck blinds. I’ve never been hunting in my life. I’m only saying duck blind because that’s what they said to me. I don’t know what that means.
“I don’t like guns. I don’t like shooting. But I said I’d go duck hunting with them.”
Graeme McDowell, runner-up to Tiger last year at Bay Hill, was asked if he’s intimidated by Woods.
“The golf course is the competitor,” McDowell said. “Being intimidated by a golfer is not like staring down a linebacker or someone who is carrying a rugby ball coming after you, 250 pounds. That’s intimidating.
“Standing on the tee box alongside a guy playing the game of gold is not really intimidating.”