Tom Watson does the Ice Bucket Challenge, nominates whole U.S. Ryder Cup team



U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson has joined the elite –- of ice bucket challenge athletes, that is.

Watson took part in the growing viral trend, which raises awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

As far as the #icebucketchallenge goes, someone is nominated to dump a bucket of ice water on his or her head and challenge someone else to do the same, or donate to the ALS Association, in 24 hours.

So far, the ALS has said the challenge has raised over $15 million in the last month, compared to $1.8 million during the same period last year. Apparently, the risk of temporary brain freeze is working for the ALSA. shared Watson’s Facebook video where he nominated his entire Ryder Cup team to take the challenge. Some of them, like Rickie Fowler, have already taken the polar plunge.

Watson lost his longtime caddie and friend Bruce Edwards to ALS in 2004, so the challenge holds special meaning to him. 

With all of the U.S. team under pressure to complete the challenge, we’re all waiting to see if Tiger Woods, who won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup this year, is next.

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