Monday, February 28, 2011

Bubba Watson Blames Loss on "They," Meaning "the Superintendent"

I've never been a fan of Bubba Watson, and now I feel even less kindly disposed towards him after his comments following his defeat in the semifinal round of the Accenture Match Play Championship.

He may profess to be a God guy, which always leads to glowing accolades from the usual fawning announcers (Jim Nantz, Kelly Tilghman), but I'm not buying it. It makes for good P.R., though.

Viewers caught a piece of his it-wasn't-my-fault attitude on Saturday.

Immediately after losing 1-up to Martin Kaymer, Bubba laid the reason for his defeat partly on the shoulders of unnamed others.

"They slowed the greens down a bit," Watson said, "and I couldn't get the speed right."

Man up, Bubba. Who is "they?" The superintendent? The PGA Tour? God and his choir of angels? Tell us.

Let's suppose the greens were slowed down, here's a question: why didn't you adapt to the "slower" speeds? Martin Kaymer certainly did. Luke Donald, the eventual winner, had no problem.

By the way, whatever happened to all the "it's in God's hands" lines we heard from you when you won? Was the defeat not in God's hands?

Also on Sunday, there was a brief replay of the caustic and surly attitude I witnessed at last year's Travelers Championship.

An older gentleman carrying a red sweater apparently encroached on Bubba's space while he was preparing to hit a shot from deep in the desert, even though there were PGA officials with each group keeping the fans back.

Either Bubba or his caddy barked at the man to move back and to "just go away," telling him he had been too close all day.

"Excuse me, sir, could you move please?" would have been just as effective.


  1. Great stuff! Agreed on all points.

  2. I can see the thoughts I had - written in your text, Anthony :). Agree of course too.