WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — When he claimed the Travelers Championship 10 days ago, Bubba Watson clinched his winningest year yet on the PGA Tour. Three titles versus only two missed cuts in 15 starts has the Greenbrier’s adopted favorite surging into this week’s event.
“My expectation is always trying to win,” he said Tuesday. “The goal was always to get that next trophy.
“Hopefully I’ll make some putts like I did at Travelers. That’s the key to anybody’s game. We can all hit the ball, so it’s just making putts at the right time.”
Watson built a home at the Greenbrier four years ago and quickly emerged as a de facto spokesman for the resort.
“I was looking for a second home to just have a vacation site. I was looking in Montana, Colorado, all these different places, kind of northern,” he said. “Webb Simpson told me about this place, and Scott Stallings, after he won (in 2011) told me how amazing this place was.”
Watson called the decision a no-brainer after “I finally came here, seeing the beauty of it, seeing all the different things that you can do here.”
His first three times playing the Greenbrier Classic resulted in finishes of 30th, 16th and 13th before falling off to 70th in 2017.
“You try to block it all out and just play golf,” he said. “But as people, we’re always putting pressure on ourselves. So yeah, it would be a huge accomplishment to win here in front of my home crowd. What a dream that would be.”
At age 39, Watson has finished three seasons ranked among the top 10 in the world and he current sits 12th. He’s third the FedEx Cup standings.
Flooding that canceled the 2016 tournament destroyed seven holes. Reconstruction changed the angles on the century-old Old White TPC.
“There’s different sight lines and different clubs off the tee, so we’re trying to figure out what’s the best attack for my game,” Watson said.