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Ryder Cup: Bubba Watson set to buoy United States

Bubba Watson heads into his third Ryder Cup as an experienced veteran, multiple Masters winner and key component of Tom Watson's side.

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The 35-year-old American earned his second green jacket at Augusta in April, the highlight of a consistent PGA Tour season that has seen him consolidate his position inside the top-10 rankings.

Watson earlier claimed the Northern Trust Open in February, and later tied for second at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and outright second at the BMW Championship earlier this month in Denver.

While such achievements send him into this weekend's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in good form, Watson's inherent style and panache also look set to bolster the US effort in Scotland.

The big-hitting left-hander's traits are a perfect fit for United States' Ryder Cup set-up, with his flamboyance on show in 2012 when he encouraged the crowd to keep cheering as he teed off in a foursomes match with Webb Simpson against Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

Watson has not ruled out doing the same again in 2014, with the biennial tournament set to start on Friday, although he has had warnings from captain Tom Watson not to potentially raise the ire of the local Europe fans eager to see Paul McGinley's team triumph again.

While Bubba is often the topic of conversation in media conferences, his captain would not have the two-time major winner any other way.

"I don't know if anybody from my era really reminds me of Bubba. He's a unique personality. That goes without saying," he explained this week.

"There are a lot of players that will gel with Bubba. He gets along with the guys and they get along with him.

"I think almost everybody would like to play with him where he's hitting the tee ball right now and making birdies."

The 2012 Ryder Cup, known famously for the 'Miracle of Medinah' where Europe roared back from 10-6 down on the final day to inflict a heart-breaking loss on Team USA, also saw Watson play the team event after winning the Masters.

Europe have claimed seven of the past nine Ryder Cups, although Watson was in imperious form last time out for his country.

Watson and Simpson combined for two 5 and 4 wins in fourball matches, although the pair did slump on the final day - losing their singles matches as the US wasted their commanding lead.

However, the Florida-born world number seven brushed aside talk that Medinah was a motivating factor ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup.

"It's golf that motivates me. I'm not worried about two years ago. I've lost many a golf tournament in my day," Watson explained.

"I've only won a few in my life. Every time I get to the golf course, I want to beat whoever it is I'm playing.

"I'm not worried about what happened a few years ago. If I did that, I'd be a terrible golfer because I lost a lot."

In 2010, Watson's first Ryder Cup saw him win one of the four matches he played in before he improved to a 2-2 record in Medinah.

If Watson can maintain that steady upturn in personal output then it could have a pivotal impact on the outcome this time around and help United States win the Ryder Cup on away soil for the first time since 1993.

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