Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson joins LIV Golf | Golf News and Tour Information

BEDMINSTER, NJ — Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson has signed with LIV Golf.

Watson, 43, was announced as the latest player to join the Saudi-backed tour on Friday’s LIV show from Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. He is unlikely to play until 2023, however, as he continues to recover from a knee injury.

Like many who defected to the fledgling tour, Watson has been linked to LIV Golf for some time and played for Saudi International earlier this year. Watson initially balked at rumors he was heading to LIV Golf when he tweeted his summer schedule filled with a number of PGA Tour stops. However, it was a summer schedule that never materialized, as Watson hasn’t played since a T-30 at the PGA Championship in May due to the injury.

Watson is in his 17th season on the PGA Tour, earning 12 wins and over $48 million. The highlights of his career came at Augusta National, where Watson won the 2012 and 2014 Masters tournaments. He played in four Ryder Cups and two Presidents Cups for the United States. Although he was one of the longest hitters in the sport, Watson’s ability to shape shots in an era when skill was all but extinct made him one of golf’s most entertaining watches.

Fans haven’t seen much of Watson in 2022, playing in just nine official events this year due to a knee issue, and in those starts he’s finished in the top 10. Despite his waning success on the ropes – Watson has finished in the top three alone, a T-3 at the 2020 Waste Management Open, for the past four seasons – and a number of controversies throughout his career , Watson endured as one of the game’s most popular figures, finishing 10th in the tour’s inaugural Player Impact program last year.

Michael C. Ford