Bubba Watson Explained His Controversial Decision To “Get The Ryder Cup Crowd To Yell”

  • Bubba Watson answered questions at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Demo Day.
  • He explained the origins of ‘getting the crowd pumped’ as he hit his tee shot.
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“How do you grow the game? That’s what we’re all trying to figure out,” Watson said at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Demo Day on Tuesday.

“This is a huge event. There’s going to be people here that don’t know anything about golf … but they’re going to watch. So my team, the whole week, we were joking about it because they all came to me with dumb ideas and I’m the one that’ll accept them.”

Bubba explained his motivation for getting the Ryder Cup audience pumped up.

“Even Mr. Woods was like, ‘Yeah man. Get them to yell.’ I was like, ‘Why don’t you do it?’ And he was like like, ‘Nooooo.’ ” No surprises there then, Tiger was notorious for being able to hear a fly fart in his backswing.

“So we were just there like, ‘Hey, let’s grow the game. Let’s have some fun with it. A competition, but at the same time, we still love each other at the end.’ So that’s what we’re trying to do. I don’t know how it came across,” Bubba added.

This attitude is probably what the game needs, out with the stuffy predictable boredom and in with the energy. Encouraging a relaxed environment on the golf course is what we’re all about. I’ve always wondered why the mechanics of a golf swing are so sensitive to distraction when almost every other sportsperson is (almost) capable of blocking it out. Check 0ut some classic free throw distractions…