Bubba Watson landed in hot water after a “bad joke” directed at a golf writer following his Masters missed cut. Now, he’s taking to Twitter to offer a clarification/apology.
Watson spent much of his two days at Augusta National this week pouting and berating his caddie. And the two-time Masters winner continued his bad behavior after missing the cut.
Watson was stopped by Gene Sapakoff of the Charleston Post and Courier after his round and asked the obvious question: What happened, Bubba?
His response? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t exactly kind to golf writers in general.
Bubba Watson after probable missed cut at #themasters: “Golf is tough; I don’t know if you’ve ever played it. But writing articles is easy.”
— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) April 7, 2017
Hey, Bubba Watson! Writing articles is hard too! But really, no one is doubting the difficulty of the Masters, even for an elite talent like Mr. Watson, is substantially greater than filing a column. That said, it’s generally bad form to insult a person’s profession.
So, it wasn’t a surprise when the criticism came fast and furious for the long-hitting left-hander. Trying to get out in front of another behavior-related controversy, Watson took to Twitter to offer an explanation/apology in which he framed his remark as a “bad joke.”
Apologies for my bad attempt at a joke today… my jokes as bad as my golf this week! pic.twitter.com/T6hVOBvcpV
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 7, 2017
OK. Let’s break this down. “Golf is tough; I don’t know if you’ve ever played it,” perhaps that part of Watson’s statement was a joke. Heck, it’s even kind of funny. But “writing articles is easy,” …tough to frame that as anything other than an insult.
And Bagdad Gerry, as he’s affectionately known by his detractor, wasn’t really making sense with this portion of his mea culpa (aka taking fault):
“What I was saying to the reporter is, ‘Golf is hard.’ So if he tried to play golf, it would be very tough. Writing an article is a little easier for him than it is for me. It was a joke.”
Whatever you say, Bubba. It was a bad joke, indeed, but one that’s somewhat understandable given how he must have been feeling after an abysmal showing at Augusta.