Bubba, you shoulda been here

Bubba Watson, who played in the AT&T National last year, chose to play in the French Open this year. (Bob Edme/AP)

Poor Bubba.

Bubba Watson, the ever popular lefty who draws adoring crowds all over the PGA Trour, felt homesick at the French Open this week.

Hmmm, if only there were a tournament in the United States ... let's say the cradle of liberty on Fourth of July weekend, where he could have enjoyed a great golf course and adorning U.S. fans.

If only ...

The field here at the AT&T National at Aronimink has been an issue, with no players ranked in the world's top 14. Of course, No. 15, Nick Watney, was leading as he played the eighth hole Sunday.

But Watson, who played here last year, surely could have passed up whatever appearance fee he got to support this event. Obviously Tiger Woods doesn't recruit for this event -- if he does, he's not very good at it -- but this golf course and tournament deserved the growing star power of Bubba Watson.

The PGA Tour is catching a break with Rickie Fowler in Sunday's final group along with Watney, who has won at Doral and Torrey Pines in his career, and was the 54-hole leader of the PGA last summer at Whistling Straights.

Watson is one of those Q-rating guys who could have elevated this event and instead he chose a pay check to play in France on Independence Day weekend.

Even though the AT&T goes back to Congressional next year, here's a prediction that says Watson goes there too.

Too bad he missed Aronimink this year, though. The fans here would have LOVED him, and he wouldn't have to worry about feeling homesick.

--- Gary Potosky