The bad Bubba finishes his Masters

The 2016 Masters was a bit of a hard climb for Bubba Watson. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

The 2016 Masters was a bit of a hard climb for Bubba Watson. (Brant Sanderlin/bsanderlin@ajc.com)

AUGUSTA – This was supposed to be Bubba Watson’s Masters. The champion in 2012 and 2014, Watson, logically, should have won in 2016, right?

Instead, it became more of an opportunity to explore the shallow end of Watson’s personality, that part that contradicts his image as the self-taught, happy-go-lucky, Bagdad (Fla.)-born, long-hitting left-hander that so nicely conforms to a name like Bubba.

There are times, when he finds himself displeased, Watson resorts to a passive-aggressive tactic of reminding the listener that he is Bubba Watson, and you aren’t.

Whatever his intention, it can make him sound like kind of a tool.

Like this weekend, he was asked how he felt after being a non-factor at his favorite place (he bolted to a 3 under start through his first eight holes, only to begin a steep descent with a 41 on the back nine).

Watson’s response: “I was fourth in the world. I’m still fourth in the world. So yeah, I feel good. I don’t know if you’ve ever been fourth in the world. You have pretty good confidence. There are three guys better than you. Yeah, I feel every week I play I can win. Every week I play I can be very successful. This week, the golf course just beat me.”

The Bubba moment of the 2016 Masters turned out to be some reported snarky interaction between himself and a patron Saturday, when Watson’s tee ball on No. 10 wandered into the woods.

According to a Shreveport Times report, Watson told a fan who was standing a bit near, “Can you back up; you’re really not supposed to be back here.”

“Neither is your ball,” the unidentified fan reportedly answered.

Watson was incapable of laughing off a funny, harmless retort.

“I don’t know about you but I have two green jackets. . .Thanks for coming,” he said.

Sunday, Watson was done before the leaders teed off, finishing with his first sub-par round (71) on his way to a 9 over total.

Having time to process the week in whole, this was his summary: “It was a tough week for me. This is the toughest wind I’ve ever seen – not today, but the last three days – the toughest I’ve ever seen the course. A very tough week.

“Obviously I came in here with very high hopes and I didn’t perform at a high level.

“It wasn’t my week. Hopefully next year it will be my week.

“I’ll go watch (the end of the tournament). You want to watch and see what other guys are doing. You take notes for following years. You’re caddie always writes down what the wind is doing today, watch what people are hitting on tees, I remember it all and I’ll have that in my memory bank for years down the road.”

Just a reminder that the good Bubba could show himself at any time around here.

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ShovelPlease
ShovelPlease

After reading the article I've gotta say:  I got no problem with Bubba.  Seems like a regular fellow.  

Stinger2
Stinger2

Maybe athletes should do as Nick Saban does at his press interviews or conferences. Carry a Coca-Cola bottle with them and tell the reporter: "I cannot answer that question . Please ask the bottle for an answer.  

FlatTire
FlatTire

@Stinger2 yea wheres the article on that 


maybe title that article The Bad Nick finishes the season…...

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Stinger2  And that's why Nick Saban gets similar treatment from the media.  If you don't want to be their friend they'll trash you with stuff like this.  Saban is portrayed as dirty and underhanded at every opportunity when there is no objective evidence to support it.  They're already after Kirby because he's restricting access and it's making their job harder.  The media is out of control with its arrogance. 

When a media person asks a loaded question (how do you feel about playing poorly) and the response is not servile enough or not politically correct/cookie cutter, the media person is shown up for what a are. They hate that!

FlatTire
FlatTire

This is funny... "Watson resorts to a passive-aggressive tactic of reminding the listener that he is Bubba Watson, and you aren’t."  


Umm turn on any media talk show; radio or tv, and listen to how many times today when a caller calls in that actually has a thoughtful opinion that goes against the media talk show host and see how many times you get the same response of Im the media guy I know everything and you don't 


and as far as the patron being told to move;  please tell me what did Watson do that was so wrong?


What is the media's fascination with trashing Watson?

Savdon
Savdon

Maybe Bubba needs to brush up on "James".  It's not just for outside the ropes.

dawg fan
dawg fan

I am personally shocked that a major professional athlete is in fact a living breathing human being.  This is unbelievable news. Next thing you know there will be a huge breaking story about how they put on their pants one leg at a time.  Nothing would surprise me at this point.   

Iknowtheband
Iknowtheband

@ajc Great article. Glad the writer didn’t shy from sharing the true character of what was once a humble man.

dawg fan
dawg fan

@Iknowtheband I'd love someone to stick a microphone in your face every day and see what wonderful words of wisdom come out.  That would be entertaining.