Bubba Watson purposefully overshot a green to prove a point to his caddie


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Bubba Watson may be a great golf player, but he seems a bit difficult to work with, at least judging from a recent profile of the professional golfer in Golf magazine. For example, Watson once purposefully overshot the green to prove a point to his caddie Ted Scott. The magazine writes:

The 15th event that Scott worked for Watson was the 2007 Houston Open. Bubba went on a birdie binge on Saturday and held the lead on the 14th tee, a par-3 that was playing 198 yards to the hole, 204 to the back edge. Back then Watson hit a stock 7-iron about 195 yards, so factoring in the adrenaline of the situation, Scott suggested taking one less club. “You can’t hit an 8 over the green,” he said. Watson gave him a funny look but accepted the advice.

“Right at impact,” Scott recalls, ‘I mean before he’s even in his follow-through, Bubba says to me, ‘Don’t ever tell me I can’t hit an 8-iron 204 yards.’ ” Sure enough, his ball landed on the back of the green and hopped into the rough. At that moment winning his first PGA Tour event was a trifling concern; proving a point to his caddie was all that mattered. Scott’s internal reaction? “Wow. Double wow.” He had two questions: “How do you do that? I mean, who can hit an 8-iron 205 yards? And secondly, why would you do that [on purpose]?” These questions have defined their complicated relationship ever since.

Okay, dude. Point taken. So, why must you continue complaining to your caddie?

But really, is anyone all that surprised? Watson has a bit of a reputation for being a bit rough around the edges. He once insulted/confirmed every American stereotype to the whole of France when he competed in the French Open. When interviewed about his French Open experience he complained about the spectators on the course then insinuated that Paris is a rather unmemorable city. He told the Associated Press:

“I don’t know the names of all the things, the big tower, Eiffel Tower, an arch [Arc de Triomphe', whatever I rode around in a circle. And then what's that - it starts with an 'L' -- Louvre, something like that. One of those."

There's also his documented contempt for American fans. He once chastised a fan for snapping photos of him at Riviera. Never mind the giant television camera...

Perhaps, ruffling the most feathers, though, have been Watson’s comments on homosexuality. When Chris Boussard, an ESPN analyst, called homosexuality a sin akin to adultery, Watson took to Twitter to support Boussard and his views. “The endorsement of such drivel from a guy who wears purple and swings a hot pink driver was more than disappointing, if not at all shocking,” SBNation wrote.

So, no, I suppose there’s nothing that surprising here learning that Watson is willing to sabotage himself to prove a point.

(H/t: CBS Sports)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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