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Bubba will keep it loose on Ryder Cup team

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 08:06 PM
NEWPORT, Wales -

Bubba Watson could be this year's Boo Weekley for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, a guy who keeps his teammates laughing, scratching their heads or maybe just wishing he'd shut his mouth every now and then.

Rest assured, the big-hitting Watson won't be laying up - on or off the course - during his week in Wales.

He put it all out there Wednesday during an entertaining and emotional session with the media, whether it was shrugging off the history of the event ("It's no big deal to me."), dismissing the need for serious discussions ("All I'm asking is what team outfit we are wearing that day."), or choking back tears as he spoke of his cancer-stricken father serving in the U.S. military during Vietnam ("This is a chance to be like my dad.").

If some are offended that a golf match played at a ritzy resort is mentioned in the same breath with a war that claimed some 60,000 U.S. soldiers, well, so be it.

Bubba ain't backing down for nobody.

Just ask the reporter who tried to get him to reveal whether he's had an intimate talk with teammate Tiger Woods: "What are we going to sit down and talk about, 'What are we eating at night?'" Watson responded in an exasperated tone. "I mean, it's just golf."

Just golf?

"It's a big honor and it's just golf," Watson repeated, before turning back to the subject of what he should be discussing with Woods. "Tiger's game is different than mine. Jim Furyk's is different than mine. Phil Mickelson's, well, his is pretty close to mine. We both miss fairways a lot of time. Maybe I should talk to Phil."

Watson claimed his first PGA Tour win this year at Hartford, and his big breakthrough nearly came at the PGA Championship. He started the final round six shots off the lead, but overpowered Whistling Straits with his booming drives and finished in a three-hole playoff with Martin Kaymer.

Watson refused to play it safe at the final playoff hole, even after he drove into the thick rough. From 210 yards and with a tough lie, he went for the green - and wound up in the water.

Still, the runner-up finish sent Watson to the Ryder Cup for the first time.

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