Watson finds path back to the top after losing his way
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[February 19, 2018]
(Reuters) - The stinging
disappointment of missing the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team was
one of the factors why Bubba Watson contemplated retirement last
Watson was ranked seventh in the world at the time but suffering
from uneven form and not even considered by captain Davis Love as
one of his four wild card picks for the team that went on to beat
Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota.
He then lost his way last year, as a cascading series of issues
prompted him to consider giving the game away.
"I was seventh in the world, didn't get picked for the Ryder Cup,
which I shouldn't have," he said at a press conference after
finishing at 12-under-par 272 to clinch the Genesis Open by two
strokes on Sunday.
"The last year-and-a-half, almost two years give or take, has been a
struggle, because I want to be at the top.
"I was top-10 in the world for a few years and so not being there,
you feel like is this it, is this my old man moment, where I can't
play golf again?"
Watson added that apart from the downward spiral in results he had
been ill in 2017, but did not disclose what had affected him, while
his wife needed surgery.
"To get sick, to lose all this weight ... my wife having (leg)
surgery, you never know if you're going to make it again," the
39-year-old left-hander said of why he had been overcome by emotion
after he won on Sunday.
"The emotion was just that -- wow -- I still have a chance in this
game and so it was very emotional, everything coming together."
Watson added he had seriously considered retiring last year.
"I was close (to retiring). My wife was not close," he said.
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Bubba Watson plays his shot from the 14th tee during the final round
of the Genesis Open golf tournament
at Riviera Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY
"My wife basically told me to quit whining and play golf. She's much
tougher than I am ... I was focusing on the wrong things, pitiful me
and not how beautiful my life was, things like that."
The victory on Sunday was Watson's third in the event, and 10th on
the PGA Tour, a mark he was delighted to achieve.
"Nobody thought Bubba Watson from Bagdad, Florida would ever get to
10 wins -- without lessons, head case, hooking the ball, slicing the
ball, can't putt," he said.
"This day and age, to get 10 wins on the PGA Tour, the greatest tour
in the world, double digit wins, I am thrilled. I never thought I
could get there."
Watson can now set his sights on April's Masters at Augusta
National, where he will go for a third green jacket.
"I'm looking forward to the Masters," he said.
"The trend is going in the right direction. I'm not saying I'm going
to have a chance of winning it but I'm in the field, so I've got a
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Adelaide, South Australia; Editing by
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