Bubba Watson may top the list of PGA Tour pros likely to make this year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team, but The Tonight Show host Jay Leno got a bit ahead of himself Tuesday night when he wished the reigning Master champ well in matches that won’t start until September 25.
"Good luck at the Ryder Cup, my friend," Leno said as he wrapped up a lengthy chat with Watson about when the golfer began playing (at six years old), where he met his wife Angie (at the University of Georgia), his penchant for tearing up (whenever he wins a tournament), and his stint as a member of the Golf Boys.
"Who doesn’t want to be in a boy band?" Watson asked Leno, who professed no such desire.
"Golf gets boring sometimes, you know, for the fans," Bubba said about the "Justin Bieber"-like ensemble that includes Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, and Ben Crane, and whose "Oh Oh Oh" video was an instant Internet sensation.
Watson, who took a month off after his Masters win and subsequent New York media blitz, will likely play a few times between now and the September matches against Europe. No doubt, Leno got his tourneys mixed up, what with the British Open starting in little more than a week and all.
Leno's show was one stop Watson planned to make on the West Coast this week. Caleb's daddy, in Los Angeles for Wednesday night's ESPY Awards Show, hoped to lug home some hardware as ESPN's Best Male Golfer of the Year and for the "Best Moment" in sports for his wicked wedge shot from the woods that set up his victory at Augusta.