When I published this article a few months ago, several Christians were offended by its nature. They felt hurt that a young writer could bash one of the PGA TOUR’s biggest proponents of Christianity. It didn’t just fill the creative room at our head office with giggles, it actually inspired us to write a new article. This article.
Our dislike for Bubba Watson has nothing to do with him being a Christian. There are wonderful Christians out there and there are terrible ones. Just like there are splendid folks of all races, nationalities and religions. And there are disgraceful ones. Bubba Watson falls on the disgraceful side, regrettably.
So for the misguided Christians out there (you know who you are, and so do we), you might want to stop reading and go to another website that accommodates your misguided principles in life. Like it or not, this article is about Bubba Watson, the TOUR’s biggest Christian preacher, and golf’s biggest douchebag.
BUBBA WATSON’S MAJOR DOUCHEBAG MOMENTS
International Man Of Ignorance
Bubba Watson flew over to the French Open to make a rare European Tour appearance in 2011. What happened next has become the stuff of locker room jokes as the American revealed his ignorant and mean side within a three day spell. He took photos of “that big tower,” (Eiffel Tower), rode around “some archway” (the Arc de Triomphe) and stayed in a hotel next to a “castle” (Versailles).
“I don’t know the names of all the things, the big tower, Eiffel Tower, an arch, whatever that — I rode around in a circle. And then what’s that — it starts with an L, Louvre, something like that. One of those. And then we just went around to different shops, just kind of walked down the streets and went to different shops and just to see if there was anything we wanted to buy. Just kind of looked around and kind of road around and really that’s it, just to see stuff that we don’t get to see normal.”
Watson missed the cut at the French Open, with rounds of 74-74. He moaned there were too many cameras, too many phones, and not enough security to protect a high-status guy like himself.
“It’s not a normal tournament,” Watson famously said.
Watson stormed off the course and announced it would be his last time playing in Europe before remembering that the British Open was staged there each year. Whoops. That week, he treated press like second-class citizens, verbally attacking one Sky Sports commentator that wanted to conduct an interview with him.
Aussie golfer Stuart Appleby once joked that Americans “are like a bag of prawns on a hot Sunday. They don’t travel well.”
He couldn’t resist taking a dig at Bubba following his antics in Paris.
“Rumour has it that Bubba Watson has had surgery to mouth to make it smaller so foot won’t fit with as much ease, hope it’s successful ???”
Amidst the glorious sunshine of Chambers Bay in June 2015, Bubba Watson opened his U.S. Open campaign with a solid round of 70 before blowing up. After battling back from a pair of double bogeys in a round that lasted five-and-a-half hours, Watson screamed out in the middle of the eighteenth fairway:
“Waiting 30 minutes? I mean, this is pathetic professional golf.”
After reporters had waited almost an hour for Watson to pass through the media center, he blew them off, storming into his car and heading back to the hotel.
In another moment that almost mirrored his 2011 France travels, Watson missed the cut at the 2014 British Open before taking a shot at reporters who questions his bad attitude, referring specifically to a moment during his opening round where he lost patience with the Holyoke crowd.
“There was about 40 people in our fairway, inside the ropes with cameramen, and I don’t know, some other people and a bunch of other people. It makes it tough for me, because I lose focus real fast for me,” Watson whined.
Caddies And Gay People
Bubba Watson might be mean to the media, but he’s especially hostile towards his caddie and gay people. After leading the 2014 Masters heading into the weekend, Watson was asked about he thought about Jason Collins coming out as gay.
“The Bible says you’re not supposed to be gay, and so I never downed Jason,” Watson told Golfweek, referring to his tweet this week. It’s just my belief system on the Bible says you can’t be gay. That’s a sin. So somebody living in sin I believe to be wrong.”
Having traditional beliefs is one thing, but calling homosexuality a “sin” in today’s culture is disgusting. Perhaps equally as disgusting was his treatment of caddie Ted Scott during the Travellers Championship. The entire world got the chance to listen in and hear Watson’s ill-manners.
Ted Scott has recently defended Watson however, citing that his boss is simply uncomfortable in social situations.
“It’s difficult for him to make eye contact with people he doesn’t know. He told me he has a fear of crowds. And when we’re fearful, we do things we shouldn’t do. All the ignoring of people, the abrasiveness, the overreacting, the aggressive joking, were all defense mechanisms from being afraid of letting people know who you are.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t trust people that don’t make eye contact with me.