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Bubba Watson should be ashamed of himself – key word should. He’s Bubba and he shoots from the hip. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that he’s changed since his Masters victories propelled him into super-stardom. People fell in love with him when he showed his emotion on the 10th green at Augusta National, but now he’s showing a different emotion.
Watson has been seen berating his caddy for his own mistakes on a number of occasions, but what he did this week is, in my opinion, utterly unacceptable and downright disrespectful to every fan and employee involved with the Phoenix Waste Management Open.
Bubba doesn’t like the changes made to TPC Scottsdale and had this to say to reporters:
“I don’t like it. I’m not going to PC it. I don’t like it at all. I just mentioned why I’m here. I’ve got three beautiful sponsors that love it here … Obviously I’m here because of my sponsors and everything. So, I love coming here. It’s always great weather. Used to have a house here. It’s always beautiful coming here and playing here.”
I am a left handed golfer who hits the ball far with an unconventional swing. I learned the game on my own and even used to swing like Bubba due to my baseball roots. My friends joked with me that I was Bubba Jr. Bubba was my favorite golfer because I related to him more than any other golfer I had watched. When he won his first masters with a quirky swing and no lessons, I dreamed I could do it too.
Now, I don’t swing like him anymore. I don’t want to be mentioned in the same sentence as Bubba. He’s cocky, he’s arrogant, and he is a brat (I know people that have met him). There’s a way to complain appropriately (i.e. Phil Mickelson), and there’s a way to drag your feet and be “that guy.” Watson has become a pro at the latter.
Golf is a game of respect, class, honor, and integrity. If you ask me, Bubba needs to take a humility pill. He said he’s only here because his sponsors made him. How about saying ‘I’ve won over $1,000,000 at this tournament alone in the past two year. I’ll come back and play.’ Maybe have a little respect and gratitude instead of being pissed off that they made a couple holes gimmicky.
– R. Ilardi