One of the privileges of being on the PGA Tour is that I have the opportunity to raise awareness and help a wide variety of charities. I've always felt the need to give back and now I have the chance to in a big way. Helping these charities and more importantly, the families involved, can be more rewarding than winning a golf tournament.
To match my ambition on the course, I have decided to set an ambitious goal off the course this year and will try to raise one million dollars for charity. In order to succeed, I know that I will not only have to play well, but first and foremost, I will have to rely on my friends in order to achieve our goal.
This section is dedicated to our Drive to a Million project and the initiatives we are putting in place to reach our goal. I am very passionate about what we're doing and I encourage you to help the movement by contacting a charity close to your heart in your local community to see how you can help.
My wife, Angie, and I are committed to giving back. We both share a passion for philanthropy and understand the importance and need to serve your community. Over the course of 2012, we have donated $500,000 out of our own pocket to several charities.
Last year, he dubbed himself Bubba Long – averaging 315 yards per drive on the PGA Tour. This year, he's Bubba Long in Pink. As Bubba's friend since he was a teenager, PING is proud to support the "Bubba and Friends Drive to a million" by donating $300 for the first 300 drives Bubba launches over 300 yards in 2012. PING will be with Bubba every step of the way – especially on the tee box – as he drives toward his goal of $1 million while relying on his custom-painted, matte-pink finish PING G20 driver and pink True Temper Grafalloy Bi-Matrix shaft. We all know Bubba can drive it a mile, but it's his faith and generosity that carry him the farthest. Please join us in supporting Bubba in his efforts to achieve his goal.
Going once, twice, sold! PING has given me the opportunity to donate a few exact replicas of my pink G20 driver to some of my friend's charity auctions. The money raised will be going to some great charities and will also help contribute to my project, "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million." Here are a few of the charities that we've helped so far...
$26,000 to The Tim Tebow Foundation*
$33,100 to AltaMed*
$8,200 for the Ronald McDonald House of Orlando*
$4,000 for Tips for Parkinson*
$1,300 for Susan G. Komen for a Cure, New Orleans*
$950 for Miracle League of Arizona
$40,000 for Messenger International
$2,000 for Junior Golf University
$7,500 for R.O.C.K.
$3,900 for Les Balles Blanches
$1,000 for 100 Club of Arizona
$11,500 for Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico
$1,000 for D-Backs Foundation
$10,524 for The Seve Ballesteros Foundation
Thanks to Avis I am happy to donate $50,000 to the First Tee of Pensacola. I have been involved in my hometown First Tee program for years and continue to believe that the program has a fantastic impact on kids. The PGA Tour is making a significant push for The First Tee in 2012 and I am very happy to help support that effort. Learn more about The First Tee of Northwest Florida here.
Travis Mathew Apparel is thrilled to announce the "Travis Mathew and Bubba Watson Grand Slam Drive for Charity" in conjunction with "Bubba and Friends Drive to a Million." For this drive, Travis Mathew Apparel hopes to raise up to $300,000 for various charities in the Southern California area. We will be working specifically with the City of Hope, a California based cancer research center housing one of the nation's top independent biomedical, treatment and education institutions, Fresh Start, an organization that provides cosmetic reconstructive surgery for children with physical defects or disabilities, Alta Med, a facility providing affordable healthcare for the uninsured, and Out of Sight Faith, an organization that provides educational resources to blind students.
At the start of the 2012 PGA Tour season, Bubba Watson set out to raise a million dollars in the name of charity, starting the "Bubba and Friends drive to a million" initiative. Bubba is now partnering with eBay to help him get a little closer to his goal. Throughout the year, Bubba and eBay will be auctioning off a few hand picked items from Bubba Watson's golf memorabilia collection.
On a cool January morning in 1956, two days prior to the 54-hole Bing Crosby National Professional-Amateur Golf Championship, four golfers gathered on the first tee at Cypress Point Golf Club in Pebble Beach, California, for an 18-hole four-ball match. The principals were veterans Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson pitted against amateurs Ken Venturi and Harvie Ward.
Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney and Davis Love III recreated the famed Match to help raise money for the First Tee. Bubba's portion of the Match went to the First Tee of Northwest Florida. For more information please visit their website.
The 169-year-old, family-owned American textile innovator - announces a limited-edition Tour Profile performance golf sock in red, white and blue is now available at kentwoolsocks.com with sales benefitting Pendleton Place, a Greenville, SC-based children's charity as part of the "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million" initiative.
Offered through July 15 and slated to be worn during the U.S. Open by 2012 Master's champion Bubba Watson, the socks ($19.95) feature a navy base with red and white accents. From each sale, $5 will be donated to support Pendleton Place, which provides abused and neglected children with shelter and care in a nurturing environment.
Working with the "Bubba & Friends Drive to a Million," KENTWOOL will help the organization reach its goal of raising $1 million for charity through Watson's own efforts and the support of his partners and sponsors.
For more information: www.kentwoolsocks.com
Ryder Cup Outreach Program: I had the privilege and honor to play for the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team which has helped me get closer to the million dollar goal I set out for in the beginning of the year. As a member of the team, we were given $100,000 to designate to charity of our choice. This year, I chose to help: