Watson thirsts for first taste of Ryder Cup success

Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:33pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

PARAMUS New Jersey (Reuters) - Twice Masters champion Bubba Watson says the thrill of merely making a Ryder Cup is no longer enough for him and that it is high time the U.S. side claimed victory.

"As a kid growing up, your whole dream was to be on the PGA Tour and then make the Ryder Cup team," Watson told reporters on Tuesday ahead of Thursday's first round of The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup playoffs.

"I think sometimes ... we get so excited about making the team, and now not having a victory, not tasting a victory, that drives me to try to win one, to try to win a Ryder Cup," the emotional left-hander said.

The biennial matchplay event will be held from Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland with the European side rated strong favourites over the U.S. team, who have lost seven of the last nine matches against Europe.

Watson will be appearing in his third successive Ryder Cup, carrying in a personal 3-5-0 record after losses at Celtic Manor in Wales in 2010 and at Medinah in 2012, when Europe triumphed after a rousing, record-tying Sunday comeback.

Yet the U.S. side, which once dominated the Cup, may look back at the devastating loss two years ago in the Chicago suburbs for motivation against a deep European team led by British Open champion and world number one Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer of Germany.

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Bubba Watson of the U.S. chips on to the eighth green during the second round of the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 8, 2014. REUTERS/John Sommers II