Watson hopes to boost Ryder Cup chances at Travelers

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Outside of the Ryder Cup bubble for the first time all year, Bubba Watson hopes to rectify the situation this week at the Travelers Championship.

Watson slipped from seventh to ninth in the U.S. points race after the PGA Championship, and only the top eight players following The Barclays later this month will earn automatic spots at Hazeltine.

For Watson, it's an enticing motivator to turn things around as he looks to make his fourth straight appearance in the biennial matches.

"I don't want to go off a pick," Watson told reporters Tuesday. "I'll take a pick all day long, but it's better to set yourself on that team than rely on a pick."

Watson will miss next week's John Deere Classic in order to play in the Olympics, but said he is considering adding the Wyndham Championship in a late bid to earn his spot on merit. He is currently 78 points behind Brandt Snedeker for the eighth spot, with players accruing one point per dollar earned.

Although he won't receive any points next week in Rio, Watson did note that a strong performance in the Olympics could go a long way toward securing his spot.

"I figure a gold medal will help, though," he said. "Even though it doesn't count, it'll still count."