Bubba Watson is sick, so he's rubbing elbows instead of shaking hands
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Bubba Watson is sick, so he’s rubbing elbows instead of shaking hands


Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson had conceded their Friday foursomes match to Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, and it came time for hats off and handshakes between the United States and European pairs. Except Bubba Watson wasn't shaking hands. He was rubbing elbows with his European opponents.

The two-time Masters winner wasn't doing the chicken dance, and he wasn't taking the idea of rubbing elbows to another level. Bubba Watson was rubbing elbows instead of shaking hands because he is under the weather.

Earlier in the week, Watson suggested a number of players were feeling under the weather this week.

"A lot of us were kind of getting sick," Watson said. "Gosh, I don't want to say not quite half the field had something, and then you know, traveling all the way over here, we're all battling something."

On the American side, 11 of 12 players were in the field for the Tour Championship, save for Jordan Spieth. That number wasn't as high on the European side, with Sergio Garcia, Thorbjorn Olesen, Tyrrell Hatton, Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Alex Noren not competing in Atlanta.

It's unclear what specifically could have Watson down, but it's enough to have him uncomfortable shaking hands. Who knows what that means for Saturday and Sunday.


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