The defending champion and two-time Masters winner sounds off on the mix of influences in his game, his rep as a jokester, his hankering for hip-hop and a perfect day in Bubba-land.
What other player in golf reminds you of yourself?
That’s a tough one. I don’t see one player. I see multiple players. I see Seve Ballesteros with the imagination. I see John Daly with the hard swing. I try to say my short game is good like Phil Mickelson’s, when it’s really not, because Phil is really good. I’m a combination of players; none stand out.
What is the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?
Gosh, told someone I liked them? No, I don’t know. I’ve never really been into pranks. All I do is make fun of people. When they hit it short off the tee, I just make fun of them. Or they aren’t my friends anymore if they have tried something on me.
What is something you would consider yourself terrible at?
Interviews. Nah, just joking. I’m pretty funny! Ah, doing chores around the house? Who likes doing chores? My wife [Angie] tells me all the time, ‘Oh, you need to do this.’ I’m like, Ugh. So doing chores, for sure.
If you had front-row tickets to one concert, what would it be?
I put on a charity concert called Bubba’s Bash, so obviously I would want a ticket. For a musician, I’m a hip-hop guy, so I would have to say Thistle.
What would you consider your biggest regret?
Not trying harder in school. I graduated college [from Georgia], but I wish I had tried harder so I would know more. As I get older, and I have my kids now, I want them to learn as much as possible. They are probably going to be smarter than me when they grow up.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Right or wrong, and people might disagree with this, but my dad taught me there are two kinds of people: There’s a follower and there’s a leader. He said you don’t want to follow people, you want to be a leader. So that’s what I’ve learned from my dad. I do it my own way, and that’s how I play golf. It seems to be working out.
What is your idea of a perfect day?
Waking up really late and then spending time with my kids and wife. Maybe playing golf. Then having Waffle House or Chipotle at night. Something easy.
What is your best quality?
Good looking! [laughs] I like to have fun. I like to goof around. I’m not serious. Even though I’m getting older, I’m a big kid that likes to have fun.
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