If you were to go around and ask random golf fans who their favorite player on the PGA TOUR is, I’m sure you’d get a lot of those people saying Bubba Watson. While Watson is certainly a star among the fans, his days of playing in international events may be coming to an end.
Bubba has had a lot of up-and-down moments in the past few years, with the highs being major championships and the lows being long strings of missed cuts. One area that Bubba loves, however, is that of international tournaments like the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup. But while he loves the atmosphere, he doesn’t necessarily love playing in them.
This week, Bubba was talking about the upcoming Presidents Cup in Australia but his aspirations seem to be as a vice-captain, not a player.
Tiger Woods is slated to be the captain of that team and Bubba says that he’s been lobbying hard to be a vice-captain. He claims that he believes he brings more value to the team through his services to the players rather than his actual golf play.
Bubba Watson of the United States waves to the crowd during singles matches of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 30, 2018 in Paris, France. Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images
Bubba shared his pitch to Tiger, saying, “I always bug Tiger. He says, ‘You need to be playing.’ I said, ‘Look, man, we’ve never won a Ryder Cup with me playing, but we’ve won when I wasn’t playing. So me and you need to be captain and vice-captains. That’s our joke. I’ve told him, ‘Listen, I’ll do anything to help you if you want me. If you don’t, that’s fine.’”
While it may be all fun and games for Bubba, he shouldn’t be knocking his play all that much. He actually has a 5-3-2 record when playing in the Presidents Cup but he has been pretty mediocre in Ryder Cups with a 4-10 overall record. But by all accounts, he has been described as a great vice-captain in his one shot at the job when the U.S. team won the Ryder Cup on home soil.
While Bubba seems convicted to not playing in another international tournament, the reality is that it could be all talk since this is the guy who said he’d retire after 10 PGA TOUR victories and now sits at 12 wins.
But no matter what he decides to do, I think the U.S. team would benefit from having his personality and prowess in whatever position he would be put in.
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