Bubba Watson wants your vote -- for an ESPY Award.
The reigning Masters champ launched a Twitter campaign Thursday to corral as many votes as he can for the “Best Moment” in sports over the past year. Bubba’s up against some stiff competition in Tim Tebow’s sudden-death TD when his Denver Broncos beat the Steelers in overtime in the AFC wild-card playoff game, and Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit, among other contenders.
“Everyone help me win some @ESPYS,” Watson tweeted, “vote for me!!”
Cable sports network ESPN’s ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards recognize athletic achievements by individuals and teams during the calendar year preceding the annual ceremony. Here’s how ESPN remembers Bubba’s magic moment: “Propelled by an incredible blind shot from deep in the woods, Bubba Watson defeated Louis Oosthuizen in the second playoff hole at the Masters to not only claim his first green jacket, but also his first major title. It was the first time since 2009, and the 15th time in history, that the Masters was decided by a playoff.”
Watson is also a candidate for “Best Male Golfer,” along with top-ranked Luke Donald, 2011 FedEx Cup winner Bill Haas, last year's U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, and this year's Open victor Webb Simpson.
The LPGA’s Lexi Thompson throws her golf cap into the ring for “Best Record-Breaking Performance” for becoming the youngest golfer, at 16, to win a multiple-round tour event. Golf fans may also vote for World No. 1 Yani Tseng as the “Best International Athlete,” as well as “Best Female Golfer.” The youngest player ever to win five major championships, Tseng goes up against U.S. player Cristie Kerr and 2011 U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ru in the latter category.
You may vote early and often -- but only for one contestant in each category. Voting ends July 9.