Bubba Watson Almost Whiffs, Complains About Pace of Play
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.