In late 2014, Bubba Watson had the following to say after a victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, his seventh PGA Tour win.
“My goal is 10 wins and to make every team event. Those are the biggest goals. And until we reach those goals, I’m going to keep trying. If I get to 10, then I can switch it from there. Or retire.”
Watson’s victory at the Hero World Challenge Sunday, though an unofficial PGA Tour event, is his ninth win as a professional golfer. After cruising to a three-shot victory with a final-round 66 at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, Watson was reminded of just how close he is to 10 wins, and about what he had said he’d do once he reached that goal. In typical Bubba fashion, he made a quick amendment.
“Ten U.S. victories,” he said. “And I don’t count this as a PGA Tour victory. It counts as a victory. It’s very big for my career personally.
“I will give you this, though: If I ever become No. 1 in the world, ever, somehow, I’m walkin’ away. I’m gonna walk away on top. But let’s be honest, though. Nobody here’s voting on that, right? Everybody thinks I’m not gonna do that.”
Watson is currently fourth in the world ranking, behind Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy — stiff competition. He’s also 37 years old and not exactly a spring chicken when compared to the three guys he’s chasing. But something tells us that if Bubba were to attain the top spot, he’d stick around long enough to enjoy it.