Bubba Watson Q & A
September 14, 2015
By Kenneth Quillinan, Special to, PGATOUR.COM
- September 14, 2015
- Bubba Watson of the U.S. Team hits his tee shot on the first hole during the Day One Foursome Matches of the 2011 Presidents Cup. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
With less than a month left to go until The Presidents Cup gets underway in South Korea, focus this week is on finalizing the team’s rosters and working on potential pairings. On paper, the U.S. Team will begin the competition as overwhelming favorites, but the result is far from a formality. In a recent interview with Bubba Watson, he shared his thoughts about The Presidents Cup, family and life.
Q: How excited are you for this year’s Presidents Cup in Korea?
Watson: I am very excited. The team events are very important on my list; so to make the team is an honor.
Q: It must be a lot of fun playing on the U.S. Team while helping out so many charities at the same time?
Watson: Yes it is. We play for trophies but at the same time we have to help out many different cities and communities to help grow the game of golf in a positive way.
Q: How determined were you to make the team this year after missing out in 2013?
Watson: I am always determined! Every year there is a team event for the United States. So you are always trying to make the team. I always look forward to making the team events and playing at a high level for my country.
Q: How does it compare to the Ryder Cup?
Watson: It is pretty much the same. It’s a team event and you’re playing with the US players. We are all wanting to win.
Q: Can we expect you to rally up the Korean crowd before you tee off in October?
Watson: No…I am just going to Korea to play golf and try to secure a few points for the team.
Q: How is Caleb’s golf game coming along? Can we expect to see more trick shots posted on Twitter?
Watson: It is good and it is really fun to be out there with him. Always, that is what social media is for!
Q: With the addition of Dakota to the Watson family, how is the sleeping pattern or is there one?
Watson: She sleeps through the night and Mama (“the best wife in the world”) lets Daddy sleep a lot. I am very grateful to have such a wonderful family that means everything to me. The tournaments and trophies don’t mean anything, compared to my family.
Q: Inquiring minds want to know – have you ever played golf with the top button of your shirt open?
Watson: Seems like it’s the ‘in thing’ with all the young folks these days now, too! Yes, as a junior golfer, before I had chest hair…
Q: Any plans by ‘The Golf Boys’ to make more music videos for charity?
Watson: No plans right now, but I won’t rule it out.
Q: You are a role model to so many youngsters not just involved in golf but also in all walks of life. What would be the one piece of advice that you would offer up to all of them?
Watson: Pretty simple: Have fun at whatever you do and work hard at whatever you do.
Q: You wake up tomorrow, there’s no such thing as golf. Where is the first place you look for a job?
Watson: At a school. So I can help people.
Q: Roll the clock forward 30 years, what do you hope to see reflecting on your life?
Watson: That I was a good husband and a good dad.
Q: What is the one shot to date in your career that you know you will always cherish?
Watson: My first shot on the PGA TOUR. My entire goal as a kid was to make the TOUR, so my first time to hit a ball as a member on TOUR was pretty special.
Q: Your driving average was recently calculated at over 350 yards. Do you work on hitting the ball further or does your short game get more attention nowadays?
Watson: I have never worked on hitting the ball far. I have always worked on scoring. It doesn’t matter if it goes far or short as long as the outcome is a low score.
Q: We’ve seen videos of you playing right handed (including breaking your wife’s driver!), but curious to know if you have ever completed a full 18?
Watson: I have played 9 holes as a righty and my lowest on 9 holes is a 42! I have made an eagle right handed…
Q: What is the most exciting round of golf group you have played in?
Watson: Playing golf around Augusta with my wife.
Q: Which golfer did you admire the most as a kid?
Watson: Payne Stewart. He was different on TV with his knickers. He stood out to me but also, Seve [Ballesteros] was pretty special to watch. His creativity was second to none.
Q: It’s almost your 10-year anniversary with caddie Ted Scott. Can you share some of the greatest moments you have had with him and how much your professional relationship as well as friendship means?
Watson: Friendship means the most. I hired him because he was a Christian. We have the same beliefs. We do or try to do the same things off the course. The course benefit is always having a friend there. A guy that is fighting just as hard as you are fighting. Obviously 10 years… no matter what people say about us and write about us, we know the truth. Our friendship has stood the test of time and we understand what each other’s goals are in life.
Q: Finally, what message do you have for the Korean fans who will no doubt be out in force to cheer on the International Team? And then the International Team itself?
Watson: My message would be, thank you so much for supporting the game of golf. Hopefully we can grow the game of golf together. That’s the goal of this event. And for the International Team – Let’s have fun! Have a great match and realize what we are doing this for. We are doing this to grow the game.