Truth & Rumors: Awkward Masters handshake, and Christina Kim vs. Bubba

We've all been there: a handshake that goes awry. Except for most of us, the awkward encounter isn't captured on live television. During the Masters. While receiving the coveted green jacket. Enter Masters champ Bubba Watson and chairman of Augusta National Billy Payne. As Payne instructs 2010 Master's champion Charl Schwartzel to present Bubba with his green jacket, Bubba mistakes Payne's outstretched hand as an offer of congratulations. With a sly move that suggests this isn't the first time this has happened in his life, Bubba swivels to offer his now outstretched hand to Schwartzel. Payne, a little slow on the uptake, then realizes Bubba was trying to shake his hand, but offers his back a fraction of a second too late and receives a whole lot of Bubba's cold, cruel shoulder. Commence awkward face scratch. This encounter would probably be a whole lot more embarrassing if not for the fact that Bubba just won the freakin' Masters. In fact, I think it may raise a more important question: Could the Masters green jacket ceremony be any more boring? 'Bashful Prince' Ishikawa finds his princess After another lackluster showing at the Masters (he's missed the cut three out of four times), Ryo Ishikawa returned home to Japan where legions of disappointed fans and reporters awaited. According to The Wall Street Journal, though, Ishikawa's Masters performance was quickly forgotten as he announced upon arrival that he is now engaged to his junior high school sweetheart. 

“I turned 20, so I feel like it’s a good time to make this decision,” Ishikawa said, referring to his coming of age in Japan.
While Ryo remained mum on the identity of his wife-to-be, not even revealing her first name, he did reveal that her father wasn't the only person whose blessing he sought.
Back in Japan, Ishikawa’s face is ubiquitous both on and off the green. He was the face for 17 ad campaigns from Panasonic to Lotte in 2011, appearing in more commercials than any other male celebrity for the third year running, according to market researcher Nihon Monitor.
“I informed my sponsors last month,” Ishikawa said. “And I got their blessing.”
Christina Kim goes OFF on Bubba on Twitter In case you hadn't heard, Christina Kim isn't the biggest fan of Bubba Watson. Therefore, it was no surprise that Bubba's name would be brought up while Kim tweeted through the final round of the Masters. It all began when one of Kim's followers became upset that Christina was tweeting her support for Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen as opposed to a fellow American--specifically Bubba. Kim was just warming up. Over the next three hours or so, she let loose a barrage on the Masters winner. Luckily for you, we've extracted the highlights of Kim's candid tweets. Following his playoff victory, Kim held back on the Bubba bashing, offering up a seemingly sincere congratulations. This is surely the end to it all, right? RIGHT?! Wrong. Apparently Kim's attempt to take the high road further incensed Bubba's fans. How did it all round out? With Bubba interjecting his two cents? Not quite. Sometimes I wonder what we did for entertainment before Twitter... Tweet of the Day Bubba Watson didn't get in on Christina Kim's Twitter rant, but that's probably because he couldn't get his phone to stop ringing. Bubba did make his presence known in this mini-Twitter feud featuring Piers Morgan, though.

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by Kevin Cunningham