Bubba Watson continues to seem more and more likeable. The 2012 Masters champion won over a lot of golf fans with his emotional win at the year's first major. He will likely win even more with his decision to skip a tournament.
Watson has announced that he will skip the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in order to spend more time with his family. The more I hear from Watson, the more I like him. He reminds me of Phil Mickelson. Watson is that type of golfer that you simply can't root against.
Watson cited the fact that he didn't want to spend three straight weeks away from his family. The Wells Fargo Championship tees off on May 3 and the Players Championship begins one week later. Watson will defend his title at the Zurich Classic in the week before the Wells Fargo Championship. With a newly adopted son, it is easy to understand why the star doesn't want to spend that much time away. It is always refreshing to see a guy that puts his family before anything else.
Skipping the Wells Fargo Championship is a pretty big deal. A field of strong golfers is expected to participate in the event. Names like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will be there. Phil Mickelson will be playing as well. Anytime you get a field like that, the prestige of an event increases. Golfers like Watson usually love to play in those events. Clearly, Watson isn't your typical golfer. This is a guy that has priorities straight and we should all appreciate that.
When Watson won the Masters, he gave us one of the best emotional golf moments in years. From his embrace with his caddy to the tears that flowed from his eyes, everything about this guy was genuine. This latest news is just another example of why we should like him. It's not like he turning into a golfer that will only play in big events. Instead, he is simply balancing what is important with what he does for a living. No matter how you slice it, Watson's decision to skip the Quail Hollow event is the right one.
* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played golf since high school.