Jordan Spieth has said winning an Olympic gold medal would be comparable to wearing his Green Jacket. Bubba Watson, who slipped that Green Jacket on Spieth for winning the Masters in April, offered a slightly different take.
“I would say it would be a little bit bigger than a Green Jacket,” the 2012 and 2014 Masters champion Watson said, according to TeamUSA.org. “It’s more rare. The game of golf hasn’t seen it in years.”
First-time Masters winners traditionally receive the Green Jacket, which they can keep for one year, then return it and wear it only when at Augusta National.
“I get to keep that [Olympic] gold medal for life,” Watson said, according to the website. “I don’t have to give it back after a year.”
Spieth, ranked No. 1 in the world and coming off winning two majors, the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup this season, is all but assured to be ranked inside the top 15 in the world, and among the top four Americans, on the world rankings cutoff date to determine the Olympic golf field on July 11.
That will be the criteria to make the first U.S. Olympic golf team in 112 years.
Watson, the second-best American at No. 4 overall in the world, is in slightly riskier shape and will compete with Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson and others for a maximum of three more U.S. spots.
Watson’s wife, the former Angie Ball, reportedly missed her chance to play for Canada’s basketball team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics due to injury.