Bubba: It's all about the win
Watson says friendships with Europeans are put to one side this week
Last Updated: 27/09/12 6:31pm
Bubba Watson: Friendships put to one side this week
Bubba Watson has backed up Ian Poulter's comments that there would always be an 'edge' at the Ryder Cup despite the players knowing each other so well.
With so many top Europeans now based in the United States, players on each side are closer than they were a decade or more ago.
"It's really not a dislike for the other team. It's just a dislike for any opponent, no matter who the opponent is.
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But Watson re-iterated Poulter's sentiment that friendship would be put to one side during this special week every two years.
"It's funny, we're friends with all of them," the big-hitting left-hander said. "We've played golf with all of them for years. We know them all. We know their families.
"It's just that trophy, it's just that little trophy we want to win so bad. So it's really not a dislike for the other team. It's just a dislike for any opponent, no matter who the opponent is.
"It's just like the FedEx Cup. We were mad at (Brandt) Snedeker because he won, and I wanted to win it. But now I'm pulling for that guy."
Watson would also seem to be "pulling" for Poulter, adding: "As a fan of golf, Ian Poulter is an amazing story. Love Ian Poulter to death.
"It's amazing watching where his career started and where it is now. It's amazing to listen to him talk about where he picked up range balls, he worked in the pro shop, did everything, and now he's at the Ryder Cup. So I love his passion, I respect him very much and I love how passionate he is about winning it.
"It's the little gold Ryder Cup is what we're trying to get, and again it doesn't matter who it is that I'm facing. If I was facing y'all or facing Poulter or facing Phil Mickelson, it's about winning the cup."