Bubba Watson’s ($50) Grand Gesture
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

After Bubba Watson finished the final round at the Transitions Championship, he ran into a PGA Tour media official in the locker room. “I need your help,” said Bubba. “I want to do my part. I want to give you a check for $50,000.” Of course, the generous gesture is a donation to help the relief effort for the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Bubba asked who to make it out to and then went to ask Angie, his wife, to get the checkbook from their car. A few minutes later, Bubba walked in the media room and handed the media official a check (I actually have a picture of the check — which I thought would be cool to post — but the big, bad Tour police says they’ll bash my head if I do).

The Watsons are among a handful or so of players (at least that the Tour is aware of), pledging their support of the relief effort.

On Wednesday Ryuji Imada put a handwritten note in every player’s locker, saying he was planning to donate $1,000 for every birdie at the Transitions and encouraged his fellow competitors to join him.

The following day, K.J. Choi pledged $100,000 to the American Red Cross.

Several other players joined Imada in donating per birdie. Brandt Snedeker pledged $500 per birdie, who has 15 with four holes to play, and his sponsor Bridgestone will also make a contribution.

Bobby Gates also said he’d donate $250 per birdie and he finished the tournament with 12.

Other players who have inquired about making contributions include Joe Durant, Mark Wilson, Vijay Singh and David Duval — they plan on donating via the PGA Tour Charities website.

(AP Photo/Mike Carlson)