By Luke Dempsey for Bookish:
Out in the woods, iron in hand and an impossible shot to make: It was the second play-off hole of the 2012 Masters and for most players, the position would have been hopeless—but not every golfer’s like Bubba Watson. With one swing of his 52-degree gap wedge, he created a banana-shaped miracle out of the mess he was in and dropped his golf ball onto Augusta National’s 10th green, a few feet from the hole. A man who has never taken a lesson in his life, nor pursued any “standard golf education,” had just won the most storied tournament of all.
Bubba Watson’s triumph was a victory for savants everywhere. To celebrate his achievement, here are seven other self-schooled geniuses to prove that even if you lack formal training, you can still rise to the top of your chosen game.
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