Golf Roundup: Watson celebrates finializing adoption

Tom LaMarre, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie, officially became the parents of 6-month-old Caleb last week, four days before the start of the PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.
The Watsons took Caleb home right before Watson won the Masters.
"Monday was a great day for us with our son," Watson said. "The adoption is final, so that's the most important thing. We got that done. And now we're on to trying to win this tournament, trying to play good golf, trying to get better in the game of golf."
The adoption was a bit more complicated in that Watson and his wife lived in Arizona while Caleb was born in Florida, where Bubba grew up. The Watsons bought a home near Orlando to make things go a bit faster.
Legal paperwork and proceedings caused Watson to miss some tournaments he normally would have played.
"I just had to take care of that some stuff like that was most important and be there for my wife when she said she wishes I was home," Watson said. "So I chose to do all those things, and then golf obviously is way down the list of priorities. That came first. Just a lot of paperwork.
"A lot of people go through it, but trying to travel across the U.S., trying to travel outside the country and playing golf made it a little bit more difficult, but somehow it all worked out, and now we're parents, I guess."
Watson understands that it might be difficult balancing his career, which at times takes him away for weeks at a time, with his family life.
However, he seems to have his priorities in order.
"Hopefully I'll do better in the family man than the golf because that's the most important," Watson said. "My wife comes first, then the baby, and then golf is down the list. I'm here to play golf. I want to play golf. I enjoy the game of golf. I want the challenge to beat everybody, but at the same time I want to be a good husband and a good dad.
"But how do I balance it? Time will tell. You know, if I never play golf again, I can still be a great dad, so that's the key, and that's where my life stands. Golf is there, but I'm not going to pout when I go home. I'll see that little kid smiling and I'll be happy."
Bubba finished in a tie for 11th in the PGA.
--Phil Mickelson is part of the group, which also includes Peter O'Malley, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, that is in the process of buying the San Diego Padres.
The deal must be approved by Major League Baseball.
However, Lefty said last week at the PGA Championship that he plans to stick with his day job and will be involved with the Padres only when it comes to things such as community relations.
"There's been a bit of a disconnect the last few years and understandably so, where the community of San Diego has really been faithful and loyal to the team and put a lot of money in to give us one of the best ballparks in baseball," said Mickelson, who grew up in the San Diego area.
"The last few years, I think the fan base has lost a little faith in the team, and we'll see if we can turn that around."
Mickelson said he will not be involved in trades or talk to the manager about lineup changes or the pitching rotation.
A huge sports fan, he can't wait to sit in the owners' box for the first time.
--Martin Kaymer of Germany captured the 2010 PGA Championship and later took the No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings for a short time with Craig Connelly carrying his bag.
However, Kaymer and Connelly had a parting of the ways last year, and he went to Christian Donald, brother of Luke, on the bag.
"For me, it was just time to change and move on," Kaymer said at the time. "We've talked about it a few times ... and just decided to go our separate ways."
Kaymer has not been the same since and last week had slipped to No. 21 in the rankings.
With little fanfare, Connolly was back with Kaymer at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, where the German finished in a tie for 29th.
Connelly, who had been caddying for Paul Casey, was with Kaymer again last week in the PGA Championship on the Ocean Course, which has some similarities to Whistling Straits since it also was designed by Pete Dye.
The magic didn't lead to an immediate turnaround. Kaymer shot 79-79--158 and missed the cut by eight strokes.
--A year ago, Jason Day entered the PGA Championship ranked No. 7 in the World Golf Rankings and was considered the next great Australian hope after tying for second in the Masters and finishing solo second in the U.S. Open at Congressional.
Last week, Day was down to No. 23 in the rankings, with only three finishes in the top 10 on the PGA Tour this season because of a series of circumstances, not all of them unfortunate.
Sure, he was forced to withdraw from the Masters because of a left ankle injury five holes into the second round after opening with a 4-over-par 76. He then missed the next month.
Day also missed the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes because his wife, Ellie, gave birth to their first child, a son named Dash, a few days before the third major of the year.
"It will take awhile to get used to everything that comes with a new baby, the sleep patterns and things like that, but just like with anything in life with practice, you get better at things," Day said last week at the PGA Championship.
"Poor Ellie is running on fumes, and when I'm getting up with them, it is hard to go out the next day and practice or even play golf."
Rust on his game and the effects of parenthood led to a tie for 29th in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two weeks ago, and then he shot 72-80--151 and missed the cut by two strokes in the PGA.
However, the 24-year-old Day has too much talent for this to continue, and once he figures out how to balance parenthood and golf, he should be back at the top of his game.
--Ben Crane's major season started well when he tied for 17th in the Masters, but then he missed the cut in the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club really and went downhill from there.
Crane wound up being the first alternate for the Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes but did not make the trip to England even though he said he would.
As it turned out, he would have gotten into the field because Russ Cochran withdrew because of a back injury.
Crane was in the field last week for the PGA Championship but was forced to withdraw himself because of a chronic back injury that flared up the previous week in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone, where he walked off the course after six holes in the third round.
Chris Stroud took Crane's spot in the PGA and, making his first start in the tournament, shot 73-81--154.
Crane, who has won four times on the PGA Tour, was looking forward to the final major of the year because he tied for ninth at Whistling Straits, which like the Ocean Course was designed by Pete Dye and plays similarly.

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