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When Watson did, he won the right to sit on the women’s bench against Louisiana State as an assistant coach to Landers, a 900-game winner. The Bulldogs won that key game, and it remains one of Watson’s favorite Georgia moments.

“He loves Georgia and was the same way before he got his diploma,” his wife said.

Perhaps no Bulldog moment compares to the one last April when Watson donned the green jacket and finally gave Georgia a major winner to counter the boasting of archrival Georgia Tech and its major fraternity that includes Bobby Jones, Larry Mize, David Duval and Stewart Cink.

His first words after Charl Schwartzel slipped the iconic jacket on Watson’s shoulders were, “Go Dogs!”

“Obviously brought a little bit more spotlight to our program and put us on the forefront a little bit,” said Haack, whose Georgia teams have won two NCAA titles and become a fertile conduit to the PGA Tour. “Having all the fans down there yelling ‘Go Dogs’ and so forth, I’m assuming it gave him a little bit of a boost.”

Haack never imagined Watson would reach the highest pinnacles in golf.

“There are just so few guys that get there,” he said. “To be top 10 in the world is so hard to do. So I don’t know if you ever imagine any of your guys doing that. You hope so.

“But I will say this about Bubba. You look at his junior career and he had a lot of second places. You look at his college career and he won one time and had a lot of high finishes. Early on in his professional career he had a lot of high finishes. He always had a difficult time finishing and getting into that winning circle. I remember watching him play the Hartford and thinking when he won, was this the thing that finally relaxed him to win? It was always a matter of getting over that hump and learning that you belong. You could tell the talent was off the charts, but winning was a different issue.”

Now, Haack believes there is no limit for the player who once graced his bench.

“No telling what he’s capable of doing now,” Haack said. “Now it wouldn’t surprise me to see him be world No. 1 at some point.”