Bubba Watson talks about sick dad

Updated: September 29, 2010, 3:37 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

NEWPORT, Wales -- The Ryder Cup will be an emotional time for Bubba Watson.

His cancer-stricken father has been given three months to live.

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Watson choked back tears Wednesday when talking about his father, who served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam War, and playing for the American team.

"My dad is dying of cancer," Watson said. "The doctor says he's got three months to live. I'm playing this for him and representing the United States."

His father served in the military during Vietnam, so it was especially moving when U.S. captain Corey Pavin brought in Maj. Dan Rooney, a decorated F-16 fighter pilot and a PGA of America golf professional, to speak to the team Tuesday night.

Watson conceded to choking up when listening to Rooney, and the tears nearly flowed again as he thought of his ailing father.

"More than likely I am never going to be in the military, so this is the chance to be like my dad," Watson said, referring to the idea of representing his country.

Pavin said he wanted to show appreciation to the military and give his players a sense of coming together for a greater goal.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.