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Bubba Watson apologizes for acting ‘childish’ at PGA Championship

Bubba-Watson-Denny-Hamlin-CaddyBubba Watson has apologized for the way he acted at the PGA Championship earlier this month, both during play and when protesting the long drive competition.

For those of you who missed it, Watson was furious that the PGA chose to hold a long drive competition at a time when he felt players should be practicing and learning the course at Valhalla. In order to express his frustration with the event, Watson used a 3-iron during the competition instead of a driver. Bubba has the longest drive on the tour this season at 424 yards.

“I’m there to play golf, not to hit it far,” Watson said at the time. “I’ve got to practice. I’ve never been to the course. I don’t need to worry about a long drive on the 10th hole.”

On Tuesday, Watson acknowledged that he should have just participated in the contest and kept quiet.

“If you look at the bigger picture, not competing in the Long Drive Contest was the first mistake,” he said, according to Steve DiMeglio of USA Today Sports. “When you look at just me as an individual, that was the selfish part, because I didn’t agree with it but there’s a lot of things that I don’t agree with that I do.”

Then there was the way Watson interacted with his caddie, Ted Scott. During his second round at the PGA Championship, Bubba swore at his caddie after hitting a poor shot and complained when he was handed a club with a wet face. He also made Scott tee a ball up for him at one point so he wouldn’t get wet.

“Because I want something so bad, that’s not the reason to do that,” Watson admitted. “You still just bite your tongue and compete at a high level, don’t show emotion, and I take it overboard because I want something so bad. I want to be considered a great player. I want to win golf tournaments and I’ve got to learn on that.

” … And then my language was not good. That’s a different topic, and childish again. It’s all childish stuff and I’m trying to mature and become a better man. I take it on the chin. It was my fault. Everything’s my fault and I should be bigger and stronger and better than that.”

Bubba has done some great things off the course that make him a fan favorite, but he has a tendency to let his emotions get the best of him. I’m sure Scott is used to it, as this is not the first time Watson has blown up on him in the middle of a round. Bubba can apologize as much as he wants, but it’s not going to matter until he stops doing stuff like that.

Bubba Watson sinks backwards putt at mini golf course (Video)

Bubba-Watson-backwards-mini-golfEver wonder how these professional golfers are able to make such insane shots and lengthy putts? Like the rest of us, they get their practice reps in during a relaxing round of miniature golf. Just ask Bubba Watson.

Watson played some mini golf at Fantasia Gardens in Walt Disney World recently, and he sank an incredible putt. The real reason it was so impressive is that Bubba putted the ball along the cement walkway back to the previous hole and somehow dropped it.

Remember that shot Watson bent around the trees to win the Masters a few years back? That’s now the second best shot of his career.

Videi via Eye on Golf

Kevin Durant gave his shoes to Bubba Watson (Video)

Kevin-Durant-Bubba-Watson-shoesAfter scoring 39 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a Game 6 series-clinching win over the Los Angeles Clippers Thursday night, Kevin Durant decided to take his shoes off and give them to an admiring fan. Some of you may have recognized that fan as two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson.

According to Jeff Rude of Golfweek, Watson has recently become friends with Durant and LeBron James. The relationships began over Twitter and have since progressed to text messaging, which in 2014 is pretty serious business.

“Obviously that’s a big deal for me,” Watson told Rude.

Watson said he began messaging with Durant after the infamous “Mr. Unreliable” headline was printed by The Oklahoman. Durant has since gone ballistic and has carried the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals.

“I sent some messages back to Kevin Durant, when that article came out, or the headline came out, which was one of the dumbest headlines I’ve ever seen,” Watson told Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel earlier this month. “I guess it worked, because it inspired him a little bit, or maybe it’s my text message that inspired him. We’ll go with that.”

Bubba obviously inspired Durant enough that Durant wanted to give him his sneakers, which is all that really matters.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Bubba Watson celebrated Masters victory at Waffle House

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Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years on Sunday, and he was still Bubba Watson. Just like in 2012, the water works started flowing immediately for Bubba when he made his final putt. He also showcased his love for Waffle House shortly after receiving his second green jacket.

“Champ dinner @WaffleHouse,” Watson wrote on Twitter. “#hashbrowns #covered.”

After his first Masters win, Watson joked that he was going to serve grilled cheeses from Waffle House at his Masters Champions dinner the following year. He decided to go with grilled chicken, green beans, mac and cheese and cornbread instead. Will 2015 be the year he actually features Waffle House? We wouldn’t be surprised. No amount of green jackets is going to change this guy.

Related: Bubba Watson gets love from wife Angie and son Caleb after win

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Bubba Watson makes long putt on 14 during awesome second round (Video)

Bubba WatsonBubba Watson just destroyed the Masters on Friday at Augusta National, making five birdies on the back nine for a 4-under 68. His 7-under score for the tournament leads the event.

During his 5-hole stretch of birdies on 12-16, the birdie putt he sank on 14 stood out more than the others.

Did you see how much that putt broke to the left? That was not an easy read, yet it fell for Bubba. He also made a great tee shot on the par-3 16 and buried a short putt for the birdie.

Yep, things were looking great for Bubba, though he did finish his round with a bogey on 18. He still was pretty awesome during the day.

Video via Business Insider

Bubba Watson buys Chipotle for more than 60 people

Bubba WatsonBubba Watson is one of the more active PGA golfers on social media, and he often interacts with fans to show his appreciation for their support. On Friday, he took it to the next level.

Watson bought dinner for more than 60 people at Chipotle Mexican Grill after his round at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. In the process, he racked up a bill of nearly $500. Considering most meals at Chipotle are in the $6 range, you can see how many mouths Watson decided to feed.

Tesori later added that Watson left a $100 tip. Uh oh, not this again. Maybe Watson learned from all the ridiculous criticism of Drew Brees earlier this week and didn’t want to deal with it. Either that, or he really appreciates the effort that does into make 60 burritos.

Bubba Watson blows up on caddie Ted Scott on way to triple bogey

Bubba WatsonBubba Watson hit consecutive poor shots that cost him an excellent chance at winning the Travelers Championship on Sunday, and he seemed to blame caddie Ted Scott for his mistakes.

Watson entered the par-3 16th with the lead, but he triple-bogeyed the hole to send himself three spots down the leaderboard. Watson hit into the water on his first shot and took a penalty and drop.

“Water, it’s in the water, that club,” Watson barked at caddie Ted Scott.

Watson then overshot the green on his drop and needed three putts to hole out.

“That’s the right yardage?!” Watson said after hitting past the green, per Eye on Golf.

And then Watson was pretty upset after missing a long double-bogey putt.

“There’s just no reason for me to show up,” he seemed to say after missing the putt.

Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel points out that in the past, Watson has acknowledged being rough on his caddie.

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