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Bubba Watson pumps up the crowd on first tee box at 2014 Ryder Cup (videos)


Bubba Watson apparently promised he wouldn’t give a repeat performance of what he did at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. But there he was, on the first tee box at the 2014 Ryder Cup, and the competitive juices apparently got flowing and got the best of him.

So, just as he did at Medinah, the golfer did his best to get the crowd all riled up before his first tee shot, imploring the crowd to cheer louder before taking a big swing with the big stick.


 As noted above, it was a similar scene back in 2012, when a raucous American crowd hooted, hollered and yelled and screamed as Watson and teammate Webb Simpson, and the enemy duo of Ian Poulter and Justin Rose, took to the first tee box.

The response by the patrons at Gleneagles was slightly more subdued, but it was a pretty cool scene nevertheless.

Watson and his playing partner Webb Simpson went on to go down pretty easily to Europe’s Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, losing 5 & 4.

The action is in full swing at the Ryder Cup, with things getting off to a very early start Stateside in the wee hours of Friday morning. After one session of fourball in the books, and with golfers still on the course in Friday afternoon foursomes portion of the day at the time of this post, the US holds a 2.5 to 1.5 point lead over Europe. So things have gotten off pretty swimmingly for the Americans, although a lot of golf is left to be played, obviously.

Stay updated on what’s going on across the pond here.