Compared to some others, Bubba Watson gets a lot of stick.
But what the American is doing to help victims of flooding in West Virginia – which forced the cancellation of next week’s Greenbrier Classic – is nothing short of admirable.
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Together with his wife Angie, the Watsons have pledged $250,000 to help those affected by the devastating floods, while he plans to return immediately after the conclusion of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to ‘get his hands dirty’.
“It's the first time I've been around true devastation that's impacted an area where I live,” said Bubba Watson. “I'll be there Sunday night when we leave here. I'll get back down there and do my part, get my hands dirty, and try to help out in any way I can.
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“We've guaranteed ourselves we're going to give $250,000 to a local organisation, Neighbours Loving Neighbours. The churches, we're reaching out because the churches are the community, and they know the families that are in need.
“It's just a tragic thing. These are people that I see every day at the hotel, at the golf courses working, and now they have nothing. It's very devastating, but it grows a community together. White Sulphur Springs is where the Greenbrier is, so it's been wild. It's been wild, and just shows how blessed and lucky we are that stuff can be taken away that fast.”
Watson posted the above video on social media at the weekend last Friday to raise awareness of the carnage, and says that has already had an impact among his fellow pros.
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“They've saw my social media so every player is talking about how they can help, what they need,” he said. “Players are not talking about writing cheques, they're talking about buying stuff and sending it. Do they need 50 cases of water? Do they need more clothes? So we're trying to reach the families in the community and figure it out.”
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