Bubba Watson doesn’t mind the distractions Donald Trump will bring with him to the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump-owned Doral this week. In fact, he welcomes them.
At a pre-tournament press conference, Watson was asked how golf and politics will intersect this week
“You know, I think it’s great if there’s a big ruckus when he shows up, because the media gets away from me and you don’t hear the bad comments I say or twist them,” Watson said. “It is going to be different because we’ve never had this. We’ve had presidents, ex-presidents show up and cheer us on at different events, so that’s pretty neat and unique. But for it to be in the middle of a race, yeah, it will be different, but I’m pretty sure he’ll show up at some point. Obviously today is pretty big on the political race, so he’ll show up probably at some point. It’s his baby and he’s part of this event. So it would be great if he showed up just to encourage us a little bit.”
Watson then joked, “Talking about Trump, right? That’s who we’re talking about.”
The 37-year-old took a week off after the winning the Northern Trust Open at Riviera and is one of the favorites this week at a course that rewards long hitters. Watson finished third last year and second in 2014.