Bubba Watson: Skipping long-drive contest was ‘selfish’

August 20, 2014

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Masters champion Bubba Watson would like to have a mulligan at the PGA Championship, and not just on the golf course.

He caused a stir by refusing to take part in the ''Long Drive'' competition during the Tuesday practice round, hitting a 3-iron off the 10th tee to make his point. He also was heard on television Friday using a profanity after a poor drive. Watson apologized for that, thanking those who called him out for it.

''You've got to learn from your mistakes,'' Watson said Tuesday. ''You learn from being selfish instead of looking at the bigger picture in life.''

Watson said his mistake was not competing in the Long Drive.

''When you look at just me as an individual, that was the selfish part because I didn't agree with it,'' he said. ''But there's a lot of things that I don't agree with that I do.''

He also said he had a poor attitude on the golf course, a product of wanting something too badly.

Did anything go right?

''I made the cut,'' said Watson, who tied for 64th. ''I birdied the last hole.''

There was one act of kindness. Watson said it started raining as he finished his round, and a spectator asked him for his umbrella.

''And I was like, `You know what? That's a good question.' So I just gave it to him,'' Watson said. ''I was like, `I'm done. You need it more than I do. You've got to go follow the leaders around instead of us.' So I gave my umbrella away.''