Bubba Watson has made it clear he wants to be a vice-captain, and not a player, in Tiger Woods' 2019 USA Presidents Cup team, according to the associated press
Bubba Watson had an impressive year in 2018, with three victories and a 10th place finish in the FedEx Cup standings.
He also played in the defeated United States Ryder Cup team with a 1-2-0 record, taking his total Ryder Cup tally to 2-10-0 overall. . . and it's a big reason why he doesn't want to play an active role on the course in the 2019 President's cup.
He might be ending the year at No.12 in the current race standings, but when he was asked at the Hero World Challenge what would make a good 2019, he was clear about his intentions.
“I have been bugging Mr. Tiger Woods about being a vice captain for Australia,” Watson said. “I would love the honor of doing that again. The reason why is I feel like I can service. For me personally, I have more enjoyment serving 12 guys than playing.”
He has experience in that role.
Watson was No. 7 in the world ranking, and No. 9 in the Ryder Cup standings, when he was left off the team. Davis Love III wound up bringing him to Hazeltine as another vice captain, and Watson thrived in his role.
Watson, whose 12 victories on the PGA Tour include two Masters and two World Golf Championships, has played on only two Presidents Cup teams (5-3-2 record), compared with four Ryder Cup teams (2-10-0 record).
“I always bug Tiger,” Watson said. “He says, ‘You need to be playing.’ I said, ‘Look, man, we’ve never won a Ryder Cup with me playing, but we’ve won when I wasn’t playing. So me and you need to be captain and vice captains.’ That’s our joke. I’ve told him, ‘Listen, I’ll do anything to help you if you want me. If you don’t, that’s fine.’”