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Bubba Watson Opens Up About His Struggles with Anxiety

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The public’s never-ending fascination with Bubba Watson’s brain continues this weekend as CBS’s 60 Minutes profiles the enigmatic two-time Masters champion this Sunday, April 3, at 7 p.m. ET.

The segment is expected to delve into Watson’s oft-chronicled mental quirks as he prepares to tee it up at Augusta National. 

“Making the shots and the putts is the easy part for two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson,” says the 60 Minutes press release. “It’s making his way through the crowds of strangers on the course that presents the toughest challenge for this often controversial PGA star." 

"And, he tells Sharyn Alfonsi, his fear of people he doesn’t know isn’t the only mental issue he copes with every day."

Watson has long been public about his inner struggles. He told GOLF in 2013: “I’ll use elevators, but I’ve got to stand in the corner. I’ve got to know what’s behind me. I always want to be able to see—I’m very good at observation. I’ll be talking to Teddy [Scott, his caddie] about a shot, and I’ll be like, ‘Hey, that guy in the red shirt over there has got a camera.’

“He’s like, ‘That guy’s behind you. How do you see him?’ I just do,” Watson continued. “A little glance like that, I can tell you everything.”

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Bubba Watson picked up yet another victory when he won the Northern Trust Open.

Although he admits he almost certainly has some form of ADD or ADHD, Watson has resisted testing for fear that an official diagnosis might lead to him being prescribed medication that he has no interest in taking.

He also told GOLF he struggles with panic attacks.

“Three times I’ve had issues where I thought something was wrong with me. It wasn’t anything I was doing at the time. The first time I was sleeping. I wasn’t really sleeping very well. It was ’07, I think. It was the middle of the night at home, I woke up and we went to the hospital. One time, in ’09, I was sitting watching TV at home. And one time, in 2011, I was at the golf course, and it wasn’t my heart—the other two times I thought it was my heart. The third time it was something down my leg.

“Doctors said there was nothing wrong with me,” Watson continued. “Everything was perfect. Everything was normal. I was just overreacting. They said I needed to get on medicine to calm my mind down—basically ADD medicine to slow my mind down because my mind’s always racing. Just sitting here I’m thinking about a million different things. But I hate taking medicine. I just told them, ‘Well, I’ll just have panic attacks, then.’”

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