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He’s a two-time major winner, has won three times on the PGA Tour this year and is playing in his fourth Ryder Cup this year. 

So, it feels a bit harsh to say that Bubba Watson is the man who could undermine the United States’ chances of winning back-to-back matches and on European soil for the first time in 25 years. 

It’s arguably true, though – and it’s got nothing to do with his ability to play golf.

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The 39-year-old is suffering the ill effects of a mystery bug that he said swept through approximately half of the field of the field during last week’s Tour Championship. 

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“I’m exhausted,” he said today, his voice audibly croaky. “A lot of us were kind of getting sick [last week].

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“It kind of started through the locker room last week. There’s only 30 guys [in the Tour Championship] so I just happened to get it. I’ve got a weak immune system.”

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Asked if he’d passed on the bug to any of his teammates, Watson added. “I couldn’t care less about them. I’m trying to get me healthy.”

The opening shots of this year’s match will be struck in under 48 hours – plenty time for somebody else to be struck down by Bubba’s bug. 

Music, no doubt, to the ears of Europeans everywhere.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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