Reed, Watson planning to watch other sports in Rio

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Patrick Reed is excited for this week's Travelers Championship, but his mind is also clearly on next week's event a few thousand miles away.

Dressed in red, white and blue, Reed addressed reporters Tuesday at TPC River Highlands and spoke of his eagerness to represent the U.S. next week as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. Of course, golf won't be the only thing on Reed's agenda once he gets to Brazil.

"Being the first time going to the Olympics, I want to see as much as I can," Reed said.

Reed's wife, Justine, and his caddie and brother-in-law, Kessler Karain, both swam growing up, so Reed said that making a trip to the Olympics Aquatic Stadium will be a top priority.


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"Just kind of one of those things that would be awesome to see, especially to see [Michael] Phelps go out and swim," he said. "Only got to be able to see it on TV, but it would be awesome to see it in person."

Like Reed, Bubba Watson is playing this week in Connecticut before heading down to Rio. While Reed's focus is on a single sport, Watson's interests are much more eclectic.

"I think gymnastics is in there, swimming or diving, I can't remember which one," Watson said. "Handball is every single day. I can't remember if I bought handball tickets. Fencing, I think I bought."

Watson said he plans to attend the various other sports with friend and manager Randall Wells, who will caddie for him during the tournament. According to Watson, the two will attend events every night from Monday through Saturday next week.

"It's based on time," he said. "We're thinking during the day we're playing golf, not night, so it's the night events I can go to."