With adoption finalized, Watson ready to tackle PGA Championship
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With adoption finalized, Watson ready to tackle PGA Championship

Goal No. 1 has already been checked off Bubba Watson's list for the week: the finalization of the adoption of son Caleb.

Next up on the to-do list? Win the Wanamaker trophy and a bookend major to match his Masters title.

"The adoption is final, so that's the most important thing," he said Tuesday at the PGA Championship. "We got that done.  And now we're on to trying to win this tournament, trying to play good golf, trying to get better in the game of golf.  Looks like I've locked a spot up for the Ryder Cup, so right now I'm worried about winning the PGA."

A couple of years ago, "Glory's Last Shot" had a different meaning for Watson. Though he lost in a playoff with Martin Kaymer for the PGA at Whistling Straits, Watson was ecstatic to learn he had qualified for the Ryder Cup team.

If he could win a second major this week, Watson hypothesizes the PGA of America might even let him lead a team one of these years.

"Maybe one day I'll get picked to be a Ryder Cup captain," he said. "I've got different goals all the time."

To get there, however, Watson will have to build upon the lessons of the first three majors of the year.

"I've won four times, but now a major," he said of his Masters win. "Coming down on Sundays I know I can lean on that saying that I've done it before, I can do it again."

At the U.S. Open, he played with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, stubbornly blasting driver for two days en route to a missed cut. He learned from that to have a better game plan at majors, finishing T-23 at The Open Championship.

There's still a learning curve, Watson said, but he hopes to pick up the keys to more consistent major success quickly.

"Not saying it's going to happen overnight, but I'm going to learn," he said. "The more I play in tournaments I'm going to feel the pressure and what it takes to play good at those tournaments."

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