The winner of The Masters was one "Bubba" Watson.
Is this not the apt name for a prospective iconic sports figure for the future?
At the end of the extended match Bubba did not stand alone. With him were his mother and other golfers who had competed with him to embrace his victory. The display of love by those near and dear to him exhibited, at least to this observer one of the characteristics of a "hero."
It is a smidgen early to crown Bubba until he proves himself over several years, but at least at this point the ingredients are there. He is stoic as he plays, yet upon completion of the event he is unabashedly emotional to the point of shedding tears enough for all of us. He is married with a recently adopted son who he was rushing home to see. He is loved even by his competitors and he hopefully will be one of our new American icons.
A brief word about what an American hero is not. Golf has always been a gentleman's game and so it remains for the most part even today. It represents the best of what we can be as a nation and rightfully so. In recent times, outbursts during matches that included spitting, using unacceptable four-letter words, throwing golf clubs and less than pleasant facial gesticulations does not and cannot be an acceptable response to a "bad shot."
The country today is in a floundering state and an American hero is needed for citizens to again find a "center" and reestablish our misplaced primacy as world leader.