OLD WESTBURY, NEW YORK | It hasn’t been the year Bubba Watson imagined on the golf course.
He barely squeaked into the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 113 in the points and, despite opening with 67 Thursday in the first round of the Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Country Club, this could be a one-and-done playoff appearance for Watson.
And if it is?
See you next year.
“My thing is just play until they tell me I can’t play anymore. You know, truthfully, when I’m done with the playoffs, no matter where that is, I’m taking at least four and a half months off. I won’t play until next year,” Watson said Thursday.
“So I’m looking forward to playing good golf or I’m looking forward to going home for some vacation. Either way, I’m going to be tee-ball coach.”
So does it sound like Watson’s heart is really into extending his golf season as long as possible?
That’s the Bubba puzzle.
His son, Caleb, is entering kindergarten and it will be more difficult for Watson’s family to travel with him now so rather than hit the road, he prefers to stay home when he can.
No sooner does Watson say he’ll be happy to start an extended break from golf than he turns around and talks about how much he wants to play his way into the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
“Golf is golf. You play bad golf and then you play great golf. I win this week, they will talk about how great I am. I miss the cut next week, they will talk about how I’m not very good. It’s just how it is. So I can’t look at that,” Watson said.
“All I know is where my mind was, where my focus was the first half of the year; it wasn’t in the right spot to play the best game of golf. Now, I’m driving, I’m dedicated and I want to be back on top. I want to win tournaments, so this is the best way I know how to do it. So hopefully when this is over, I’m in Atlanta and then I get to take a break after that.”