We all know by now that 2012 Masters champ, Bubba Watson is a player who marches to his own drum. He’s temperamental, arrogant, and plays golf his way. So after shooting an opening round 83 at The Arnold Palmer Invitational last week, withdrew from the event claiming allergy problems. The Tour Confidential folks at Golf.com aren’t too sure what the 35 year-old Watson did was above-board.
After beating Louis Oosthuizen on the tenth hole at Augusta with a phenomenal nine iron shot, Bubba disappeared from golf’s landscape for the better part of a year and a half. He surfaced on the leaderboard this year in Phoenix with a chance to win The Waste Management Open, only to blow up down the stretch.
Did I say he was temperamental? He was aggravated with the raucous fans, he wanted to get off the course so he could watch the Super Bowl, and pulled a Jean van de Velde finish, losing to Kevin Stadler in a playoff.
He found redemption in Los Angeles the following week winning the Northern Trust Open. He came close again at Doral picking up a T2. Bubba is currently ranked 12th in the world rankings and is 5th in the Fed Cup standings 632 points behind leader Jimmy Walker.
The roundtable at Golf.com spent some time discussing Bubba’s withdrawal at Bay Hill, and from the sound of the conversation, didn’t think it had merit. I guess only God, and Bubba know’s if he did the right thing!
Tour Confidential: Bubba’s Bay Hill Exit Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test