With the Ryder Cup just over a month away, US team member Bubba Watson is fired up, admitting he’s not content with just making the team. He wants to go down as a champion.
Speaking ahead of The Barclays, the first FedExCup Playoff event, the American revealed his desire for a victory at Gleneagles this September.
“As a kid growing up, your whole dream was to be on the PGA Tour and then make the Ryder Cup Team,” said the 35-year-old, making his third straight appearance in the biennial contest.
“I think sometimes as a player, or myself, we get so excited about making the team, but now not having a victory, not tasting a victory, that drives me to try to win one.
“Not just making the team, not just being a guy that's made seven teams or three teams. I want to be a guy that has a W by one of those at least.”
"I think we're all champions." - Bubba Watson on US Ryder Cup team
The US has lost to Europe in seven of the last nine Ryder Cup head-to-heads. Three of the last four majors have also fallen into European hands, and Europe’s Rory McIlroy is currently world No.1. Despite this, the left-hander believes September’s match is evenly split.
“I think we're all champions,” Bubba Watson said of his US Team members. “I think we have a shot just like anybody. We have a 50/50 shot of winning. There’s only two teams.”
Bubba Watson on Ryder Cup pressure
If Tom Watson’s US Ryder Cup side is to break Europe’s dominance of the event, Watson believes it will all come down who handles the pressure on the greens the best.
“When a guy makes you putt a three footer, when a guy makes you putt a five footer you're going to have to make them,” said Bubba, who topped the US Ryder Cup qualifying standings.
“So I think that's what it's going to come down to. We can all hit the golf ball. It's coming down to under the pressure, making the putts.