Chandler: Americans should follow Bubba


Bubba Watson’s revelation this week that he will consider playing the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship next year will be greeted enthusiastically by the game’s most international players.

Just as Watson’s intention to play two European Tour events this summer is being welcomed overseas.

“By playing the French Open and Scandinavian Masters, and maybe Asia at the end of the year, that will make Bubba more of a global player,” Chubby Chandler, agent to Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy, told “The younger Americans should definitely follow what Bubba’s doing. He will become very popular doing this. He’s already popular in the United States, but Americans will like seeing him compete elsewhere, just as Europeans like to see their players being successful in the United States.”

Chandler’s two high profile clients were chastised in the United States for skipping The Players Championship last month, the PGA Tour’s flagship event. In turn, the lack of an American presence at the BMW PGA last month was a topic at the European Tour’s flagship event. John Daly was the only American player of note to play it.

Watson is the fifth highest ranked American in the world at No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking. His wife, Angie, played basketball professionally in Europe.

Watson also is considering playing the Australian Open and Australian PGA while Down Under to play the Presidents Cup in the fall.