Bubba Watson decides to skip Players Championship
Bubba Watson has decided to skip The Players Championship to
spend time with his family, making this the second time in five
years that the Masters champion has not played in the PGA Tour’s
Watson announced his decision Thursday afternoon on Twitter,
saying he needed to spend more time with his wife, Angie, and the
2-month-old son they adopted just two weeks before he captured his
first major at Augusta National.
”The Players is one of the best weeks of the year but bonding
with my son and wife is what it is all about right now,” Watson
Watson played two weeks after his Masters victory in New Orleans
because he was the defending champion. He pulled out of the Wells
Fargo Championship this week, and along with not being at The
Players, said he planned to take at least a month off.
”Sorry to disappoint fans but the Players has one of the best
fields all year, tourney is more than fine without me,” Watson
said in another tweet. He added that he was lucky to play golf for
a living and that it allowed him to set his own work schedule.
The Players Championship has the largest purse in golf and
typically attracts the strongest and deepest field of the year. But
this is the second straight year that a player who won’t be at the
TPC Sawgrass is attracting attention. A year ago, Rory McIlroy and
Lee Westwood opted not to play. They were not PGA Tour members at
Watson talked in New Orleans about not having as much time with
his new son since returning from Augusta National and a media tour
in New York.
”We respect Bubba’s decision in light of the unique and
life-changing circumstances of the past month,” PGA Tour spokesman
Ty Votaw said in a statement. ”His focus on his family is
admirable, as was his decision to honor his commitment to the
Zurich Classic of New Orleans as defending champion. We look
forward to having him back on the tour soon.”
Trevor Immelman never teed off in The Players Championship in
2008 after winning the Masters. He became ill on the eve of the
tournament and returned home to Orlando.