Despite players like Jason Day and Rory McIlroy showing concern for the Zika virus, and others like Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen flat-out withdrawing, Bubba Watson is all in for the Olympics this summer. This, despite the fact Watson faces one of the busier schedules of all golfers during August, including his plan to try to defend his title at the Travelers Championship the week prior to the Summer Games.
The Travelers also comes the week immediately after the PGA Championship. Regardless, Watson is eager to partake in the Olympics and is ready to embrace the hectic nature of the month.
"I can't wait," he said. "My wife played professional basketball and she missed out on the Olympics because of a knee injury the one time she had a chance to make the team.
"So for me, it's an amazing sporting event that I get to be inside the ropes at. I get to see some of the athletes I've always wanted to see. I get to go to some of the events I've always wanted to watch and then I get to play in it."
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Unfortunately, this does mean that Watson will miss the Olympic opening ceremony, occurring on the Friday of the second round of the Travelers. Though, he has already purchased tickets to watch fencing, team handball and at least one basketball game.
"My caddy and my manager, they don't get to go where I get to go as an athlete," he said. "So I had to buy tickets and I'll be sitting in the stands just like everybody else."
Watson shows no hesitation about the Zika virus either, as he and his wife, Angie, have two adopted children and are unable to conceive. The biggest issue will simply be qualifying.
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"It's three weeks away from announcing the team," he said. "It's going to be very hard for two people to pass me and knock me out."
Watson is currently ranked fifth in the world, and the third best American behind Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson. Barring something crazy, he should be in the field without a problem. Especially when he has an attitude like that.
(h/t Yahoo Sports)
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