Showing up and showing support is a Cool Golf Thing

A PGA Tour star's attendance at the biggest team event in women's golf reminds us of the possibilities of future partnership.
Team United States pose for a team photo with Bubba Watson during a practice round ahead of the start of The Solheim Cup at Inverness Club on September 01, 2021 in Toledo, Ohio.

Bubba Watson is one of the most interesting figures in golf in recent years. He stands out not just as a lefty, but someone who plays the game in a mix of modern and throwback styles, hitting it far but also shaping every shot in order to attack pins. His escape from the trees en route to winning the 2010 Masters is one of the greatest shots hit this century.

Watson clearly loves the game. He's a fixture at Drive, Chip and Putt finals at Augusta National. This week, he's hanging out at the Solheim Cup, having made himself available to captain Pat Hurst and her dozen American players. They will no doubt handle themselves well regardless, but it doesn't hurt to have access to a resource like Watson who knows a thing or two about team golf, having played in four Ryder Cups and two Presidents Cups himself. Watson also took part in a pre-Solheim Cup celebrity match yesterday.

Girls 10-11 overall winner Sophia Li poses with Bubba Watson at the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club.

It's odd that Watson is the only PGA Tour player making a noted appearance surrounding the Solheim Cup. At least 30 of his colleagues have a good excuse this week: the Tour Championship. But why is Watson the sole ambassador for men's golf and its considerable aura at Inverness?

At a time when the European Tour and Australian Tour have popular competitive spaces for female and male golfers to share, the American tours have done nothing of the sort since the last offseason Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge back in 2013. Why? Watson's public support for women's golf should not feel like such an outlier in 2021. The women's game has gained impressively in popularity lately; it's time for the PGA Tour to do what it can to compound that momentum.

3 Min Read
August 27, 2021
USA and Europe's finest women prepare to face off on a Donald Ross Midwestern classic. Here's a hole-by-hole guide to venerable Inverness.

Tim Gavrich is a Senior Writer for GolfPass. Follow him on Twitter @TimGavrich and on Instagram @TimGavrich.
Commented on

I am sure the other big name golfers are busy with their own personal games ...

More from the author
1 Min Read
January 13, 2022
World-renowned instructor Martin Chuck and fitness guru Don Saladino's at-home drills and golf fitness exercises will get your game in shape.
3 Min Read
January 10, 2022
New ownership will bring lodging and course renovations to beloved 30-year-old property.
1 Min Read
January 7, 2022
"Welcome to my hole!"
8 Min Read
January 6, 2022
Creative approaches to golf course remodeling and authentic restoration efforts continue apace.
4 Min Read
January 3, 2022
Want to start 2022 off with some great golf writing? Check out these pieces.
18 Min Read
January 10, 2022
We tallied more than 320,000 reviews in 2021. Here are the courses you and your fellow golfers loved best.
1 Min Read
January 10, 2022
More than 40,000 reviews have been tallied to determine California's best public golf courses based on our community of reviewers.
By Golfers' Choice
2 Min Read
December 20, 2021
Golf course news & notes: December, 2021.
1 Min Read
January 10, 2022
Best public golf courses in the state based on our community of reviewers.
By Golfers' Choice
Load More
Now Reading
Showing up and showing support is a Cool Golf Thing