Bubba Watson is hoping to add a fourth tournament victory to his list of 2018 highlights at The Greenbrier classic this week. Watson, who recently moved up to third in the FedEx Cup standings, has experienced a swift return to form over the last six months, having almost retired from professional golf last year.
At the beginning of the year, few would have considered Bubba Watson as a potential candidate for PGA Tour Player of the Year. Entering 2018 ranked 115th in the world, the 39-year-old was in the midst of a career crisis – a crisis that even Watson himself struggled to see a way back from.
A surprise victory at the Genesis Open was the first clue that something special was afoot, and when Watson added further victories at the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play and the Traveler’s Championship, no further proof was needed. Bubba was back.
Watson is now one of the favourites to win this week’s Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia, and the 39-year-old is hoping that his recent form can lead to further success. “My expectation is always trying to win,” said Watson. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“Hopefully I make some putts like I did at Travelers, and that’s the key to anybody’s game. If you can make some putts, we can all hit the ball. So it’s just making the putts at the right time to keep the momentum going.
“Where I’m at right now, another couple good finishes and we’re going to be right up there going into the (FedExCup) play-offs. So I’m looking forward to that, looking forward to the chase.”
Watson will be joined by the likes of Webb Simpson, Phil Mickelson, and Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk, who could be keeping a close eye on his compatriot. Watson has been outspoken in his desire to represent Team USA at this year’s Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, urging Furyk to give him the call following his victory at the Traveler’s.
“I’d really like for him [Furyk] to say I’m going to pick you no matter what,” said Watson following the tournament. “That’s always the goal; to win a golf tournament and to make a team.”