• "It's the greatest event I've ever been a part of"
• Two-time Masters champ finished in a tie for eighth
OLYMPIC GOLF | BUBBA WATSON
“This is one of the greatest golf trips I've ever been on.” So said Bubba Watson after finishing in a tie for eighth on golf’s return to the Olympic Games in Rio.
Watson, twice a winner of the Masters, was one of four Americans in the field and, even though he didn’t finish in the medal positions, he insisted it had been one of the best weeks of his career.
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“This is an absolute thrill of a lifetime,” said the 37-year-old. “This is the greatest sporting event I've ever been a part of and associated with.
“The Masters, I get the Masters for the rest of my life, but it's just golf. There's no other events going on. And so when you talk about a sporting event, this is a dream come true, and to be a part of it, it's the greatest event I've ever been a part of.”
"We should never complain about what we have and what we don't have" - Bubba Watson
Asked if the experience had humbled him, the left-hander added: “For sure. We should never complain again. We are always going to complain about three‑putts, but we should never complain about what we have and what we don't have and all these things. We're so blessed.
“When you look at these other countries, and these athletes that train for years, not just hours, years, and they got 30 seconds or they got a minute or they got under ten seconds.
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“And I get to show up at Augusta every year from now on because I won there. So it is humbling, for sure. This is the greatest thing I've ever done. I'm so honoured and pleased that they let me represent the US.”
Bubba Watson was only three shots outside of the medals going into the final round but could only manage a one-under 71 on a day of low scoring. Still, he admitted that seeing his compatriot Matt Kuchar, above, seal bronze for Team USA softened the blow somewhat.
"That's what every athlete wants to do: shoot a good number, race their race" - Bubba Watson
“I was grinning from ear to ear every time I looked at the leaderboard and saw he was making pars and making birdies,” said Watson. ”As long as he signed the scorecard the right way, he was going to get a medal.
“To see Matt do that, that's what every athlete wants to do: shoot a good number, race their race the best they know how and win a medal, and that's what he did.”
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Read why bunkered's Michael McEwan believes Bubba Watson deserves a lot more respect than he gets. Check out his blog from earlier this year right here.