After winning the Hero World Challenge Bubba Watson said that if he were to become the number one ranked golfer in the Official World Golf rankings that he would retire. Obviously that’s a fairly interesting remark considering Watson is 37 years old, currently ranked fourth in the OWGR, and has two green jackets to his name. It isn’t entirely impossible to believe that he couldn’t reach the top, even if he has to pass three guys, McIlroy, Spieth, and Day, who are dominating the sport while at the top of their game.
On Tuesday at the Thailand Golf Championship, Watson sort of clarified the retirement statement.
“I did say earlier that I would quit playing the PGA Tour and I would just play some events here and there if I become No. 1 in the world, but let’s be honest, am I really going to become number one in the world? There’s three good players in front of me that are way ahead of me. Even if I win this week I wouldn’t catch any of them.”
So, to sum up, Watson says he would still retire, to an extent, if he reaches number one in the world, but he doesn’t believe that he can pass Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Jason Day, and he’s right. As good as Watson is, he more than likely will not catch any of those three guys who all held number one in the world last season.
If you’re a Watson fan and you are worried that he may actually reach number one and walk away from the game, don’t worry too much.
“But at the same time, we’ve seen great athletes come back from retirement, so I could always be persuaded. Michael Jordan did pretty well when he retired and came back, so there’s always that chance I could do that too. But again, am I going to be No. 1 in the world? Probably not.”
I won’t say that Bubba won’t reach the number one spot, because there are a lot of ways that he can improve his game, and if he were to actually seek those out, who knows how far he could go, but right now, as it stands, the three guys ahead of him are there for a reason.
There’s really only one way to end this post at this point.