News: PGA Championship
August 7 2012
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — It’s official. Bubba Watson and his wife Angie are officially parents.
The adoption saga that began just before Watson won the Masters ended in the best possible way on Monday. Caleb, who is now six months old, is legally a member of the Watson family.
"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. Looks like I’ve locked a spot up for the Ryder Cup, so right now I’m worried about winning the PGA."
The adoption was complicated in that Watson and his wife lived in Arizona while Caleb was born in Florida. The ensuing legal paperwork and proceedings caused Watson to miss some tournaments he normally would have played. The final result made it all worthwhile, though.
"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, who is a big kid at heart, said he doesn’t expect to have a hard time juggling parenthood with the game he plays for a living.
"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."
Watson comes to the Ocean Course as one of the favorites after his signature win at Augusta National. Not only has he won that first major, but some are giving Watson the edge because this Pete Dye creation is similar to another in Whistling Straits, where he lost to Martin Kaymer in a playoff at the PGA two years ago.
"Being a major champion, it’s great," Watson said."But I don’t know, it was like four or five months ago, so we’ve got to try to do something else now. The golf course, I think the golf course is in perfect shape. The greens are nice. They’re rolling good. Obviously weather permitting it’ll be a great test.
"The course looks like … you can make some birdies if it’s not too windy, but when it gets windy it makes it a little bit more difficult. But obviously there’s so many different teeing areas, they can make the golf course really long, short, whatever they want to do. So I think it’s going to be a great test. I think they’re going to make us work.”
But Watson will have fun when he gets home to Caleb.