Bubba Watson rips PGA Long Drive competition after refusing to participate

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Bubba Watson spoke to the media prior to the start of the PGA Championship at Valhalla.

The PGA held its first long drive competition in nearly 30 years on Tuesday, though it was without the Tour's longest hitter.

Bubba Watson, who averages 314.8 yards off the tee, said over the weekend that he would not participate. So when he got to Valhalla's 595-yard par-5 10th tee, where the competition was being held, he hit a 3-iron so quickly that the announcer barely had time to finish saying Watson's name. Afterward, Watson said contest "rubbed [him] the wrong way."

"I don't see that we should have a competition like that while we're playing a practice round and learning the golf course, trying to win a great championship," he said. "There's no reason to make something up in the middle of the practice round like that. That's just me. Like it or not, that's just who I am. That's just what I think. … I'm here to win a championship. I'm not here to goof around."

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Watson prefers to reserve his competitive fire for later in the week.

"Calling your name on a Tuesday of a practice round, it just seems funny to me, just seems hokey to me, so I just didn't," he said.

He took some ribbing from his pal Rickie Fowler on Twitter.

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