He might hail from Bagdad but big Bubba Watson is all American. His Bagdad is in Florida and if the 31-year-old wants any Ryder Cup tips he might ask his old school buddy Boo Weekley, who starred in the 2008 event. But Bubba is unlikely to need any help in making himself popular with the crowds because he has natural charisma. Admittedly some snigger at his apparently simplistic approach of hitting the ball as far as he can and looking like a dozy surf dude. But Watson is one of the most naturally talented players on tour and – perhaps crucially – as popular as he will be with the American fans, he is unlikely to make himself unpopular with the European galleries. This will be his professional team debut but he did lead his college team Georgia Bulldogs to victory in the 2000 Southeastern Conference Championship and he did win his first PGA Tour title, this year’s Travelers Championship, in a tense play-off (indeed he defeated his captain Corey Pavin!). On the other hand he also cracked under pressure in the PGA Championship play-off when taking on Germany’s Martin Kaymer in something of a Ryder Cup preliminary.
|5th Sep||Deutsche Bank Championship||37|
|29th Aug||The Barclays||31|
|15th Aug||PGA Championship||2|
|26th Sep||Tour Championship||17|
|12th Sep||BMW Championship||50|
New Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald motivated by ‘bitter’ memories of 2021 defeat
Stenson was stripped of the role for breaking his contract by joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
The task facing Luke Donald after replacing Henrik Stenson
Stenson was appointed on March 15 and said he was fully committed to a role before signing with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
Tony Finau claims second straight PGA Tour victory
The American won the 3M Open in his previous outing.
Henrik Stenson cushions Ryder Cup blow with £3.6m debut win in LIV Golf
The Swede was stripped of his role as Europe captain after joining the Saudi-backed breakaway tour.
Former Masters champion Bubba Watson becomes latest player to join LIV Golf
The left-hander is currently sidelined by a knee injury and is not expected to play until next season,
Luke Donald tipped to replace Henrik Stenson as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
The Swede lost the job 127 days after his appointment following his decision to join the LIV Golf series.
Max Homa: Tiger Woods now understands the respect he commands from his peers
Homa has made no secret of his admiration for Woods.
Bernard Gallacher fears Greg Norman is not the man for compromise with LIV Golf
Players who have resigned from the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf will not be eligible for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Brooke Henderson takes two-shot lead into final round of Evian Championship
South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon climbed into outright second place on 15 under.