Bubba Watson might not have gotten to Hazeltine the way he expected, but that didn't make the Americans' victory at the Ryder Cup any less sweet.
"This is the greatest thing I've ever done in golf," said Watson, who was a late addition to the squad as a vice captain after he failed to make the team or wasn't one of the four captain's picks. He called the experience a "dream come true."
After Ryan Moore clinched the Ryder Cup, Watson could be seen crying as he hugged captain Davis Love III during post-round interviews.
Watson's route to Hazeltine was circuitous. Despite not being chosen as a captain's pick, Watson volunteered to come to the Ryder Cup as a vice captain. Love, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and Jordan Spieth praised Bubba for his involvement and support of the team, and for his grace in wanting to be a part of the American effort even though he didn't make the squad.
"What Bubba Watson did ... speaks a lot to his character that he doesn't get a lot of credit for," Spieth said.
In an interview after the victory, Watson talked about his father, who died of cancer in 2010. The 2010 Ryder Cup was the last tournament that Watson's father watched him compete in.