Captaincy may not be quite so elementary in future for Watson

Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:49pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

CHASKA, Minnesota (Reuters) - Among Bubba Watson's goals is to one day be a Ryder Cup captain and, if his friend Rickie Fowler is any guide, this week has already given the double U.S. Masters champion a good insight into what it takes.

Watson pleaded for a spot in the backroom team as a vice-captain as soon as he lost out to Ryan Moore as American skipper Davis Love III's fourth and final wildcard pick on Sunday. The request was accepted.

However, it quickly became apparent on the first day of official practice at Hazeltine National on Tuesday that there is more to being a Ryder Cup deputy than meets the eye.

"I feel like his dream would be to be a captain down the road and being here, just having that earpiece in his ear, he might not be able to last very good with it in," a grinning Fowler told reporters.

"He said, 'Man, I didn't know all this went into taking care of all you guys ... there's a lot of chatter going on.'"

Watson, who won the 2012 and 2014 Masters, was last year voted among the least popular players on the PGA Tour.

In an anonymous poll, 23 percent of professionals said they would not help the American if he was involved in a car park fight.

Fowler, though, describes world number seven Watson as "one of my best friends".   Continued...

Sep 27, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA; Team USA vice-captain Bubba Watson talks with Phil Mickelson of the United States on the sixth hole during a practice for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports