HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Like most of the golf world, Tom Watson took particular interest in Bubba Watson’s second victory at Augusta National on Sunday, which vaulted him atop the U.S. Ryder Cup points list and solidified his place on this year’s team.
“He’s playing well and I want people who are playing well on the team. You never have the luxury of having all 12 players playing at their peak so I hope he continues to play well,” said the U.S. Ryder Cup captain following a practice round on Monday at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Bubba Watson moved to first on the list followed by Jimmy Walker, Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth – in fourth thanks to his runner-up finish at Augusta National.
The Masters was the first double-points event this Ryder Cup cycle, which explains why Watson moved from fourth to No. 1 on the points list and Spieth climbed from 14th to fourth.
“This is the first of the four majors and it really skews the points list with the double points,” said Watson, who is playing the RBC Heritage for the first time since 2001. “As of right now there is just one person who has made the team and that’s Bubba.”
Even more up in the air is Tiger Woods’ status for this year’s matches. Woods underwent back surgery two weeks ago and isn’t expected to return to competition until later this summer
On Monday, Watson remained hopeful the world No. 1 would be ready for this year’s matches in Scotland.
“I’ll pick Tiger if he’s playing well and in good health,” he said.
Woods is currently 45th on the U.S. points list.