A shrapnel behind the tears of Bubba at the Ryder Cup


KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) – Bubba Watson is known for his crying after his victory. Even with three wins last year, her biggest tears were after a defeat.

And that really had nothing to do with losing.

The source of his tears during the Ryder Cup in France can be attributed to a burst of shells that Watson had removed from his father at his death.

Gerry Watson was a lieutenant in Special Forces in Vietnam. Watson stated that his father had been wounded by a grenade and had removed a burst of shrapnel under his eye. The other room was too close to the kidney, so she stayed there until her death from a throat cancer in October 2010.

It was 12 days after Watson played his first Ryder Cup.

& # 39; & # 39; It was not important (to remove it), but I thought why not? & # 39; & # 39; Watson said. & # 39; & # 39; All his business had to be cremated. He did not serve for very long, but they folded the flag and handed it to my mother. She has it and a shrapnel is right next in a small container. My son is very interested. Here we go, that's the first thing he wants to watch. He is still looking at him. & # 39; & # 39;

That's why the Ryder Cup is so special for Watson.

He is proud of his father's service in the army and Watson has always said that the closest to his national pride was to play for his country. After losing in streaks against Martin Kaymer at the 2010 PGA Championship, Watson was thrilled with the final that qualified him for his first Ryder Cup.

Fast forward to France.

The week has not been particularly good for Watson – the Ryder Cup is rarely. He was sick when he arrived at Golf National and he was on the losing side for the fourth time in four games. The final defeat was Sunday against Henrik Stenson, 5 and 4 years, bringing Europe a certain victory.

On the occasion of the Swedish celebration, Watson wrapped his mother in his arms and yelled.

He had never thought that it would be Ryder – at least not as a player – at the beginning of the year. Watson had spent two years and a health alert since his last victory. He had thought about quitting, then he had won three times in four months and had qualified for the US team.

Standing on the 14th green, he could not help thinking that he might not have another one.

"I held my mother right after being beaten by Henrik Stenson in singles," Watson said. & # 39; & # 39; The game of golf is different for me. The Ryder Cup was more than golf, more than winning and losing, because it was the last time my father watched me play.

"I remember when my father hated my preference for golf in baseball," he said. & # 39; & # 39; It's funny, the whole story of our family and golf is such that he hated it. And then he loved it, then the Ryder Cup. So he must have looked at that. For me, it was the most memorable moment. I remember crying while trying not to watch the crowd. The crowd was like: "He's crying because he's been beating." I did not cry because I was beaten. I was crying because it could be the last one. & # 39; & # 39;

Watson turned 40 in November and he tries not to look too far.

He still does not say exactly what happened to him in 2017, when he lost more than 20 pounds and fell from the top 100 in the world rankings until his victory at the Open Genesis – his third to the prestigious Riviera – restore it. Track.

Watson now has 12 wins on the PGA Tour, including his two Masters titles, a career record he never imagined. He once joked about the fact that he would retire if he won 10 victories, but all he did was raise the bar for all that remained to him. .

"My new goal is three more, see if I can reach 15 years," he said.

Watson opened the scoring with a 70 in his first round of the New Year at the Tournament of Champions, leaving him four strokes behind Kapalua's newcomer, Kevin Tway. He plans to play the Sony Open next week for the first time since 2010.

The last time he was in Honolulu, he had not won on the PGA Tour yet. The Ryder Cup was only a dream.

Watson hopes that France was not his last time in an American uniform. He wonders if he will play in another Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, but he desperately wants to be part of it. He was world No. 7 in 2016 when he was ruled out of the Ryder Cup, then he asked American captain Davis Love III if he could be an assistant.

He is already lobbying for the Presidents Cup in Australia at the end of the year.

The story continues

The captain will be Tiger Woods.

Watson said he told Woods that the last two times the Americans won the Ryder Cup (2008 and 2016) were not part of the team.

& # 39; & # 39; That's our joke, &; said Watson. & # 39; & # 39; So I told him, 'Dude, listen, I'll do anything to help you if you want me. If you do not do it, it's fine. & # 39; & # 39;

Otherwise, Watson will always remember his father who watched him in 2010 and the embrace he shared with his mother last year.

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports