Bubba plans to retire if LIV Golf shuts down

Ronan MacNamara

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44 years of age, twelve PGA Tour wins, two Masters titles and a highest world ranking of two, it’s not been a bad career for Bubba Watson who cast an eye towards retirement in his pre-Masters press conference.

Watson is one of eighteen LIV golfers teeing it up at Augusta National this week and the 2012 and 2014 Masters champion was at Tuesday night’s Masters champions dinner which went off without a hitch by all accounts.

The extravagant left hander plies his trade on the Saudi backed tour these days and rumours have been circling that the breakaway tour might shut down in five years unless they can make enough money to remain sustainable.

Watson, like so many would be left in no mans land as far as having a golf tour on which to play, but that wouldn’t be a concern as at 49, he would just pack it in.

“You started the question with, what, it’s a rumor? So you’re asking me about a rumor. I’ve never heard that. I’ve never heard it.

“That means, if they shut down, I’ll just retire. It’s all good with me. I’ve been blessed, man. Thanks.”

Bubba is making his way back from knee surgery which forced him out of the game for eight months and he is delighted to be back.

“Gosh, man, a lot of things go through your head when you have surgery. It’s nice to be able to walk, especially with the way this place is. Nice to be able to hit shots, especially with the sidehill lies that we get.

“So, yes, always nice to play at this place. And playing in the Masters is always special.”

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