Bubba Watson desperate to once more be part of Masters festivities

When defending Masters champion Scottie Scheffler ran into two-time winner Bubba Watson whereas on trip in Tennessee late final yr, he joked that he was going to have a separate desk for him in a nook on the Champions Dinner at Augusta National Golf Club in April.

Watson is amongst six former Masters champions who at the moment are enjoying within the LIV Golf League and are suspended from taking part in PGA Tour occasions.

Scheffler was joking, in fact, however Watson mentioned Tuesday that he’ll sit wherever he is advised so long as he can attend the annual custom that’s reserved for gamers who’ve received inexperienced jackets.

“Hey, as long as I’m in the Champions Dinner, I’m fine,” Watson advised reporters in a information convention on the Saudi International. “I’ll sit wherever he tells me. It’s fine. As long as I’m allowed back, I’ll sit wherever he wants me to. I’ll sit outside and just stare in the window.”

Watson, who received the Masters in 2012 and 2014, mentioned he was “very thankful” that he will get to return to play within the first main championship of the season. Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley introduced in December that gamers who’ve certified below earlier standards used to find out the sphere, together with previous champions, can be invited again in April.

Past Masters champions Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed and Charl Schwartzel are additionally competing on the LIV Golf circuit.

In the previous, Watson was there to help amateurs who had been competing within the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the junior Drive, Chip and Putt nationwide finals at Augusta National. He’ll miss these occasions this yr, nonetheless, as LIV Golf scheduled a match in Orlando, Florida, the week earlier than the Masters.

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“But it’s one year,” Watson mentioned. “I’m going to definitely be in the ears of people at LIV and try to see if I can get back there because I want to support what the Masters means to the game of golf, what the membership of Augusta means to the game of golf, and I would love to be there for the Women’s Amateur and the kids on Sunday.

“It’s a little bit upsetting that I’ll be enjoying golf the week earlier than in Orlando, however I do know it is for the perfect, and I’ll be there supporting my crew and attempting to win that trophy. But I’ll get to Augusta as quick as I can.”