Much like he was at last season’s PGA Championship, Bubba Watson was not too pleased throughout his first round at the U.S. Open Thursday at Chambers Bay. It began with a double bogey on the first and finished with some shouting regarding the pace of play on 18.
Watson left multiple bump-and-run chips short of the green at the first. After returning to even-par after nine, Watson found some trouble on the 10th. Landing in the fairway bunker off the tee, Watson put himself in a tricky lie in a greenside bunker. Then, he almost missed the ball on his next swing.
He would make double bogey from there, but a pair of back-9 birdies moved his tally back to even-par approaching the par-5 18th. With his supreme length, an under-par round awaited with a birdie, but Watson’s second shot fanned left of the green.
From there Watson made clear his opinions regarding the pace of play: “Waiting for 30 minutes. This is pathetic professional golf.”
He would make par on 18 for an even-par round of 70.