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Watson says he's 100 percent committed to playing Olympics

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Bubba Watson talked with Eyewitness News while he was promoting the Travelers Championship on Monday. (WFSB) Bubba Watson talked with Eyewitness News while he was promoting the Travelers Championship on Monday. (WFSB)
CROMWELL, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Bubba Watson says he's 100 percent committed to playing in the Olympics in August, assuming he qualifies for the team.

The two-time Masters champion was in Connecticut on Monday promoting the Travelers Championship, which will be played the week before the Olympic tournament.

He says as defending champion he'll play in Connecticut and miss the Olympic opening ceremony. But he says he won't let a busy schedule, the Zika virus or anything else keep him from playing in Rio.

Watson and his wife, Angie, have two adopted children, but are unable to conceive and says for that reason the virus is not an issue for him.

Watson says he's looking forward to seeing the other athletes and has already purchased tickets to watch fencing, team handball and some basketball games.

On Monday, the TPC River Highlands announced the completion of "its multi-million dollar enhancement project launched last fall to improve the infrastructure and playability of the golf course." 

The following agronomic and architectural enhancements were completed at TPC River Highlands:

  • Rebuilding, repositioning, and restyling all bunkers and incorporating new drainage and sand for improved playability
  • Minor surface modifications to the green on Nos. 10, 13, 15 and 16, plus the total rebuild of the 17th green, all of which will provide an increased number of pin positions
  • Leveling of select tournament tee boxes, including a new tee complex at No. 15
  • Improved routing and repair of the cart paths
  • Stabilization of lake bank edges to avoid further erosion and improve aesthetics
  • Supplementation and enhancement of drainage throughout the golf course

The TPC River Highlands will host the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship form Aug. 1 to Aug. 7. The Travelers Championship is called the largest professional sporting event in Connecticut. 

“We’re extremely pleased with the results of the enhancement project.The feedback from the members and their guests has been extremely positive. The golf course has a fresh, clean look to it, and while changes in some areas are quite significant, the integrity and strategic nature of the golf course was maintained in a way that the course is enjoyable and a challenge for all skill levels," General Manager at TPC River Highlands David Corrado said in a statement on Monday. 

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