- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Bubba Watson is using a five-week stretch away from the PGA Tour to learn more about minor league baseball operations in Florida’s Panhandle.

Watson is a minority investor in the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. On Monday, he planned to work the concession stands, take tickets and work other jobs around the Pensacola ballpark while the Wahoos finished a five-game series against the Jackson Generals.

“I hate to say it this way, but I never had a job,” the two-time Masters champion said. “I mean, I play golf. My parents were very good to me and let me just play golf.”

He added that trying his hand at jobs around the ballpark was about “having fun with it, being there and showing the employees that I believe in them, I trust them and that I appreciate them very much.”

On Saturday, Watson joined team owner Quint Studer in a pair of dunking booths to raise money for a new Pensacola YMCA.

“His goals are growing the city, helping the city, creating jobs in the city … and I want to be a part of that,” he said.

Watson told the Pensacola News Journal (https://on.pnj.com/1cWrdOE ) that his father, who died in 2006, wanted him to play baseball and pitch for the New York Yankees.

“So for me to be a part of a baseball team, especially in the town where I grew up and where I was born and raised, it’s absolutely amazing,” he said.

Watson is preparing to play in the U.S. Open in mid-June.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, https://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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