CHASKA, MINNESOTA | Bubba Watson wasn’t going to be denied a place at the Ryder Cup.
It may not be the role Watson imagined for himself – he’s the fifth American vice captain, not one of the 12 players – but the fact that he insisted on finding a way to contribute to Davis Love III’s team speaks to Watson’s desire to be included.
When Love told Watson earlier this month he was not one of the first three captain’s picks, Watson volunteered to be an assistant captain if he didn’t get the 12th spot.
On Sunday night, Love broke the news to Watson that he didn’t make the team.
“He immediately said, ‘I still want to be a part of this team, if you’ll have me,’ ” Love said. “Incredible gesture. When I told the team members and assistant captains that were there, we’re still in disbelief.”
There weren’t any welcoming gifts for Watson because he was a late addition but he arrived and immediately jumped into being Bubba.
Love joked that he and Watson are trying to figure out exactly what they’ll do once the competition begins. The other assistant captains have been assigned four-player groups to monitor while Watson is doing everything from shuttling sandwiches to players to encouraging them to go sign autographs.
“I know if I was in Bubba’s situation, I would not be here,” Brandt Snedeker said. “I don’t know if I could handle it. Shows you what kind of guy Bubba is. He’s a team guy, 100 percent.
“He’s 100 percent in.”