Watson hints at Team USA illness

Bubba Watson said "we're all battling something" when asked about an illness he picked up at the Tour Championship.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson   -  (Getty Images)

Bubba Watson revealed that he is not the only member of the USA team struggling with illness just a couple of days before the Ryder Cup gets under way.

In a strange press conference at Le Golf National on Wednesday, Watson raised eyebrows when he spoke into the microphone with a noticeably raspy voice.

The two-time Masters champion said that he has still not shaken off a bug he caught during the Tour Championship in Atlanta last week.

“You can tell, my voice, I'm exhausted. A lot of us were kind of getting sick. I don't want to say not quite half the field had something, and then, you know, travelling all the way over here, we're all battling something,” he said.

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Watson added: "There was a few guys that aren't over here (who got sick) and guys that are over here. It kind of started through the locker room last week — there's only 30 guys. So, just I happened to get it. I've got a weak immune system.”

A vice-captain when the USA regained the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine two years ago, Watson jested when asked that what he learned from that experience.

"I learned that the team is a lot better without me as a player. I've never won one, but as a vice-captain, we won. So, I'm taking it that I helped win," he said.