- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is honoring Masters champion and hometown hero Bubba Watson.

Senators lined up at the Capitol on Friday to snap photos with Watson as President Don Gaetz lauded Watson for bringing “great honor and great dignity to the state of Florida.”

Senators were encouraged to wear green ties on the floor as a tribute to Watson, who won the coveted green jacket after clinching his second Masters victory earlier this month.

Watson was in Pensacola on Thursday visiting several schools and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Pensacola Wahoo Game at Bayfront Stadium.

He is from the city of Bagdad, which has a population of approximately 1,600. He played golf at Milton High School before attending Faulkner State College, and later the University of Georgia.

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