Florida Gators: Bubba Watson

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Bubba Watson was three strokes out of the lead heading into the final round of The Masters, but one of the first things he thought about after he got to Augusta National Golf Club last Sunday was Tim Tebow.

It was hard not to, Watson said, when he was handed his randomly-selected player badge for the day. It was No. 15 -- Tebow’s jersey number at the University of Florida and with the Denver Broncos and now the New York Jets.

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Watson’s immediate thought: I got No. 15 on Easter Sunday? I gotta give this to Tim.

That’s what the University of Georgia alum did Friday when he arrived at the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass. It was an emotional moment between the two men, both of whom are devout Christians, and showed the kind of bond they have developed through their faith.

"I told my caddy, 'I’m going to keep it unopened and I’m going to hand it to him' " Watson said. "I don’t know if he really wanted it, but I just felt like I should give it to him because it’s his football number, and I thought he might even want it more now because I did win [The Masters]. Hopefully he thinks it was special."

Tebow certainly did. So much so that he didn’t want to show it off. He just patted his pocket when asked about it.

"He didn’t need to do anything like that," Tebow said. "He’s just an amazing guy."

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