Bubba Watson and Steve Elkington clashed on Friday at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, and Watson was fuming when it came time to hit his approach shot into the 10th green. Elkington was moving as Watson addressed the ball, and it was evidently not the first movement that Watson objected to. Watson had some choice words for his playing partner, and the Golf Channel picked them up:
They left the course without shaking hands, but afterward Watson was apologetic.
“I heard some movement, and who knows what it was,” Watson said. “I was just over the ball, and just trying to make the cut and trying to play better and not getting the right breaks. I was already mad for the day, and I just took it out on them, and I shouldn’t have.”
Tournament director Arvin Ginn said the incident was resolved quickly at the scoring area.
“In the heat of the battle these players, they’re very high-keyed at this point in time, and nobody can say it any better than Bubba said it a little while ago,” Ginn said. “He gave a total apology to the media, total apology to the tournament, to the players, to anyone that might have seen or heard any part of it.”
Watson said he felt he and Elkington settled the matter.
“We hugged it out,” Watson said. “Everything is good. He’s not mad. He’s looking at me like a son basically because I’m a lot younger than him. He just took me aside and said, ‘Be stronger in what you’re doing and make sure you don’t do that.'”