"It's a great family place. We've had a great time here," Watson said. "I heard nothing but great things the last three years this tournament has been going on, and I wanted to come here to check it out.
"And I'm trying to make the President's Cup team, so I wanted to add an event. I said, 'Why not add an event where my family can hang out on vacation?' My little man is 16 months [old], we play in the pool, we did the falconry, we did the helicopter ride, we fed the donkeys, we fed the horses . . ."
"We love it here. Obviously, this is going to be a stop for a few years, now."
Back on the course, Watson is having a respectable year, even above average for many players - seven top-25s, three top-10s, $1.3 million earned, 17th in the World Golf Rankings and 39th in the FedExCup standings.
But that's not acceptable. Neither is this: He is 10th in the U.S. team standings for the President's Cup, Oct. 1-6 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. While the top 10 automatically make the team, Watson has stars such as Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel and Jason Dufner trying to take him down.
Tomblin has a lot more confidence in Watson's game than his own, especially after watching his booming shots for 18 holes.
"Oh, geez, he spanked it on every one of them," the governor said. "All 18 holes. He didn't miss any of them."
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