Bubba Watson took to Twitter to apologize to his fans after making outbursts during his rain-soaked round with Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer on Friday at the PGA Championship.
Watson's day began innocently enough. Starting on the back nine, Watson birdied his first two holes to move to three under and ran through the next six at even par, but on No. 16, the worsening weather had worsened his mood. That’s when Bubba started complaining to Ted Scott, his long-suffering caddie.
“I can’t play golf, man,” Watson said. “I got nothing.”
Nothing? Nothing but a running score of three under par, which at the time put him just a few strokes behind McIlroy, in the lead at six under. The course had taken on plenty of water, and Watson was complaining about its effect on his equipment.
“Water on the clubface. Water on the clubface, bro. I’ve got no chance,” he said.
Yet Watson was still 3-under — and remarkably unhappy about it. His tee shot on the par-5 18th sailed long and right. As it landed in the water hazard, Watson's despondence reached new heights.
“It doesn’t matter what I do, man. It doesn’t matter. It’s f—king horseshit,” he said.
Watson would bogey 18 and move to the front nine disgruntled. His next tee shot went into the rough left, and after his approach shot fell short, Watson flung his club up in the air, leaving it in the wet grass for caddie Ted Scott to retrieve.
He would go on to bogey the 1st, 3rd and 6th holes, before salvaging a birdie on No. 7 to move back to even for the event, just inside the cutline.
Watson did not talk to reporters after the round, but he apologized for his behavior on Twitter an hour later.
Sorry for my actions today! Trying to get better as person. Thanks to all who support me. #YallDontGiveUpOnMe
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) August 8, 2014
McIlroy — who shot a 4-under 67 to claim the afternoon lead — referenced Bubba’s antics with a bit of sympathy during his post-round press conference.
“He complained a couple of times on a couple of bad shots,” McIlroy said. "I’ve complained after a lot of shots before and everyone out here moans about something. It’s just part of it. I don’t really pay attention to my playing partners that much anyway."
"I could see how some people could maybe be affected by it,” he added.
Friday’s odd behavior from Watson was just the latest in a week’s worth of oddities. The longest player on Tour elected to pass up on the recently revived PGA Long Drive Contest — a fun competition for charity held during Tuesday's practice round — by hitting 3-iron off the 10th tee instead of his iconic pink driver.
"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."
But that wasn’t all. During his first round, Watson told Scott to not provide on-course TV commentators with his club selection or distance to the hole. It is by no means a requirement that caddies help on course television crews by providing their club selection or distances, but it’s something that many caddies do to improve the experience for those viewing from home.