Bubba Watson, city mayor? It's a strange thought, to be sure, but not one that is out of the realm of possibility. Watson recently told the Associated Press that he has had a dream to be in politics for a while now.
"I've had a dream," Watson told the AP. "I moved back in the city limits of Pensacola [Florida] so one day I can run for mayor." He also apparently has a plan. "The first thing you do is some form of education," he told the AP. "... it all starts with education."
I would love to cover Watson in a political race. Can you imagine? I've never had a lesson in politics, and I know this is completely unconventional, but it works for me. [Wins the political equivalent of two green jackets.]
Watson has long said his life is about much more than golf. We have seen that in his commitment to supporting the military, his multiple adoptions and his giving tons of money to help those in trouble like the flood victims in West Virginia this year.
"It's funny, I say to my friends, I say to my wife, to my manager, to my team that if you say 'Bubba Watson the golfer,' then you're limiting who I am, who I want to be and who I think I am," Watson said at the HSBC Champions this year. "These other businesses are fun. Golf is fun. The golf is great. But there are other things I want to do. I have other dreams. Golf made it possible."
Watson has dabbled in other ventures, too. He is part owner of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He owns a candy shop. He promotes a hovercraft. It all makes sense in that strange Bubba way, but I did not expect the next step for Watson to be in the political realm.
Business? Yes. Philanthropy? Yes. Worldwide missions? Sure. But giving speeches, shaking hands and kissing babies for somebody who has professed his distaste for large crowds and being touched? No.
"In between holes is really scary to me because there's so many people that close to you," he once said. "I'm just scared of people in general."
As an introvert myself, I understand where Watson is coming from which is what makes this desire to be mayor all the more curious. I suppose once you've waded through the muddy waters of a Ryder Cup, U.S. Open and Masters and all the masses those tournaments entail, maybe political ambition seems like a piece of cake.