Bubba Watson shares origin of pumping up Ryder Cup crowd

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Bubba Watson encouraged the partisan Europe crowd in 2014 to cheer loudly as he teed off for the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup.
By Tyler Greenawalt
PGA.com

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 | 7:00 p.m.

Bubba Watson shared some behind-the-scenes insight to the first tee at the Ryder Cup and why he went against the golf norm by asking fans to cheer loudly as he set up and drove his initial shot in 2014.

The deviation invigorated the mostly European crowd and infused a little bit of life into what can often be a quieter, calmer sport. It was a very cool moment in of the the most unique competitions in sports.

“How do you grow the game? That’s what we’re all trying to figure out,” Watson said at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Demo Day on Tuesday. “ is a huge event. There’s going to be people here that don’t know anything about golf … but they’re going to watch. So my team, the whole week, we were joking about it because they all came to me with dumb ideas and I’m the one that’ll accept them.

“Even Mr. Woods was like, ‘Yeah man. Get them to yell.’ I was like, ‘Why don’t you do it?’ And he was like like, ‘Nooooo.’ "

And yes, he called him "Mr. Woods."

“So we were just there like, ‘Hey, let's grow the game. Let’s have some fun with it. A competition, but at the same time, we still love each other at the end.’ So that’s what we’re trying to do. I don’t know how it came across.”

Ian Poulter initiated cheering in the 2012 Ryder Cup in Medinah, Illinois, which Watson fed off immediately afterwards. Two years later at Gleneagles, Watson cupped his hand to his ears, raised his arms, and called for one of the loudest pre-swing cheers you’ll hear on a golf course.

Let's take a look.

 

 

 

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Posted by PGA.com on Friday, September 26, 2014