Bubba Watson shot a 6-under-par 64 in the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational on the South Course at Firestone Country Club. He recorded seven birdies. He birdied No.'s 1, 5, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 18.
Here are selected quotes from Watson:
on his recent vacation, playing at Firestone for the first time and the upcoming Ryder Cup:
"I've never been here, so I learned to the golf course in a couple of days, but at the same time, two weeks off, stayed on the lake, did some stuff, wasn't playing any golf, so I I'm just feww wheeling it, just having fun. My main goal this year on the PGA Tour was to make the Ryder Cup, and I've got two good weeks to go to have a shot at it."
"Like I'm 15th of 16th in the points, so that's my goal. If it's a win this week or whatever it takes to get into the Ryder Cup. That's my main goal. I wasn't looking at what I need to shoot today or tomorrow. I'm looking at the bigger picture in two weeks when they announce the team or if I can make the top eight and so I'm just in. Like Tiger [Woods] said yesterday, I want to make the team, play on the team."
"I have a lake house in North Carolina. I got back from the British [Open] so after the British I had two weeks. I went straight . I hadn't seen my family yet since I won, so I went straight home and hung out with my dad. We had a party at the golf course group where I grew up. My dad got our of the house and came to the birdies with us. He's battling throat cancer. They said lung, but it is throat cancer, in the lymph nodes."
"I played five holes of golf in those two weeks."
on recently recording a television show with Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley and Anthony Kim:
"He's tall [in reference to Shaq]. You know I won't tell you the results."
"Charles Barkley is not very good at golf. You know, I'm friends with him. We live not to far from each other in Scottsdale in the winter, and he's switching to left-handed, and he's still not very good at golf, but he doesn't have the [hitch in his shot] left-handed, so he's got that. He said he is going to keep putting right-handed, but he's doing everything else left-handed."
"Shaq actually impressed me. Shaq is an athlete, he just happens to be 7-foot-2 and 300 some pounds of pure muscle, but he's an athlete. So he wasn't bad."
on his father's battle with cancer:
"My dad is a Vietnam vet, Special Forces Green Beret, but he's a teddy bear now as he gets older. He talks more about family now. Growing up it was like -- he was like a soldier. We don't hug ... the Watson family doesn't hug. We don't say I love you. So, now it's different. He's changed a lot because he's battling something that's not good. ... As a whole family we've changed a lot."
on the golf course:
"Monday morning when I stepped up here and took the bad out and hit some balls, I saw it was a tough golf course. Then I was impressed about Tiger Woods having seven wins here, a tight golf course, tricky greens, but with Tiger's wedge game and his putter is phenomenal, so I can see where we could win."
"It's tough to make shots around this golf course. It's a shot-maker's golf course. But it's in beautiful shape. It's probably one of the best shaped golf courses all year. I knew it was going to be tough, but today I just putted really well, hit good iron shots and made it look a little bit easy, but we're not done yet. We've still got three tought days of golf to go."