May 10, 2011
It's really crazy to me that there are people out there that don't like Bubba Watson. The larger-than-life lefty has taken over the PGA Tour in 2011, and has the most wins of anyone over the last year since the 2010 Players. Now, Bubba comes to TPC Sawgrass a heavy favorite after his win two weeks ago in New Orleans, but don't tell Watson that, because he sure doesn't think so.
Bubba said in his press conference on Tuesday that TPC Sawgrass is too tough for him, and he isn't playing any practice rounds this week to rest up for the test that is The Players.
"... The golf course is too hard for me. I don't like the look off the tee. Tough golf course for me. I don't think I've played it that well. A couple years ago I think I shot 67 in the first round or something, made like one or two cuts maybe, if that." [Ed. Note: Bubba has made one cut in four tries, and broke 70 only once.]
It's strange to hear Bubba talk about a tough golf course when he just won on a Pete Dye design at the Zurich Classic, that ended on a par-5 that Watson admitted to hating off the tee (and he birdied that both times in the playoff to win), but it shouldn't surprise you that he's being honest with the media. The guy is basically the Chris Both of the PGA Tour, saying things even if he shouldn't really be admitting them, but he has fun with them.
Why is he so great? Because for years golf fans had to deal with Tiger Woods behind a microphone, spitting out two-cent answers in media centers to the point that some of the big journalists would skip Tiger's press conference to get in 18 holes before the week actually began. Now our superstar and the face of the PGA Tour gives us fun answers, and actually enjoys being behind the microphone. I remember during the Waste Management Open earlier this year, as Rickie Fowler was getting interviewed, Bubba snuck up behind all the guys with notepads and tape recorders and asked a question of his own, only to crack up laughing as Fowler smiled. He's got character as long as his drives go, and it's exciting.
Is TPC Sawgrass too tough for Bubba? No, of course not, but he isn't scared to make you think so.