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Friday
May112012

Bubba: "Not missing golf at all."

Ryan Ballengee, reporting that Bubba Watson will be throwing out the first pitch for the minor league Pensacola Wahoos next Friday, notes that Bubba also answered a fan question on Twitter about missing playing.

Watson pulled out of the Wells Fargo Championship and The Players Championship to spend time at home with his wife, Angie, and newly adopted son, Caleb, who cannot leave Florida while the adoption process is finalized. He tweeted he will likely take the entire month of May off from the PGA Tour.

Asked by a fan on Twitter if he is itching to get back to playing, Watson replied, "Not missing golf at all."

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I wonder if Bubba is almost burdened by the Masters win. He seems to be acting odd, and a little overwhelmed. I know it is just a tweet, but his overall behaviour since the win just seems off.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
It's his first child, and I think he may be completely into it. Not so much a slam on golf, but more of a statement about how much he is enjoying parenthood.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCOB
His break from golf is Bubba long.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenteract38
I don't mean to be critical of him taking the week off. Missing the Player's is a little strange but it isn't a major. Bubba just seems a little prickly/aggressive, particularly that bit about the media a week or two ago.

That has nothing to do with adoption vs. natural birth.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTighthead
My question is: just WHO are all these "critics?" Did Faldo say it would be nice if he were at the Players? Maybe so, but that's about it. Everyone I've heard is saying 'Good for Bubba,' 'Your first kid is special,' etc. I'm wondering if Feinstein is imagining critics now.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
Though Faldo may know how to be a good champion, he is not exactly qualified to comment on how to be a good parent.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBdub
And vice-versa?

I believe it was last week and Faldo did say Bubba skipping the Players was a "huge mistake" I immediately knew that given his track record Faldo would get skewered for his comments ;-) Well, that and the general nature of the PC world we live in these days ....
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
who cares. take the year. where is mike weir? Immleman? Zack whats his name? Herman Keiser?
05.11.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails
LOL smails!

Did anyone ever figure out what afflicted Freddie Couples and kept him out of this event?

Has that bald headed dude on GC with all the great contacts reached out and gotten an update on Dustin Johnson? Is he done for the year? Does anyone care? No disrespect meant to Dustin, and I hope he's back real soon, but Joe LaCava's decision looking better and better!
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk
Money is no longer an issue and he's a new dad. If I were him, I'd drop off the map and MAYBE come back when the kid went to college.

This is one of the neat side effects of the Tiger boom: anyone can strike it rich very, very quickly without really seeming to do a whole lot.

Right Boo? Anyone seen that weirdo lately? Dude's a frickin' millionaire.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
I agree with the first post. Bubba is uncomfortable about the future implications of his win and has consequently attributed that discomfort to latent, potential, imagined or assumed pressure and criticism from the bogey man media. He has a narky, irrational and slightly paranoid personality. It's long been apparent. This funny business following the Masters win is completely inline with the habits and modes he used to display under pressure when he was struggling earlier in his career. He's a bit more complicated than, say, Webb Simpson.... To say the least.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCT
Obviously some of you don't have lives to know that there is more to life then going to work everyday when it is afforded you.

Bubba is a good man. He is putting his family first; its what most important to him obviously. If one faults this, then they are living their lives with jealousy in their heart. May we all be as rich in life as Bubba.
05.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuddha
Some enormously talented athletes hate their sport. Andre Agassi explained it well in his book. I think that Arnold Palmer, Michael Jordan, types are rare. Not sure where Bubba fits in the scheme, but I bet he is closer to Andre than Arnold.
Smails,

If you're looking for Zach Johnson, he is at the top of this week's leaderboard - against one of the two or three strongest fields of the year...
05.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott W
If Bubba didn't have all that money he would be at the Players. Someone once said "money relaxes you"
05.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJon
I bet McIlroy wishes he'd missed The Players!
Bubba should do what he feels is best for Bubba. What is best for Bubba is ulitmately, probably best for his family.

Like most of us, golfers are slaves to routine. What concerns me (and what I hate to see) is after a major win or other huge breakthrough victory or other event (e.g., massive publicized fight with spouse followed by contentiouus, publicized divorce), a talented golfer changes his routine. It may be from alteration in schedule secondary to appearances on Letterman and SNL. It may be a change in club manufacturer after an offer that cannot be refused. Or it may be a change in golf swing in attempt to gain some yardage or unintentional as with injury. Then the talented golfer inexplicably disappears from the top 30. Some times they get it back. But not always.
05.12.2012 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
He played the Zurich and didn't embarrass himself. He'll be fine.
05.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterraggededge
thanks scott! my point is that not everybody who wins the Masters is a hall of famer. if Bubba wanted to be number one, he'd be a the players. Mc Ilroy wants to be the best in the world. Not sure Bubba cares. and thats ok by me.
05.12.2012 | Unregistered Commentersmails
and this golf fan is not missing Bubba. i hope this clown, "stays in his Happy place".
05.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkarl
Family first works in my book. If I had the luxury of staying home with my family, I'd have done it.
05.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
Did Geoff get arrested? No threads today- miss the comments on Na's tee box tourettes.
05.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjjshaka
Did he?
05.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRump Ranger
I heard....
05.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
When that day comes, Bubba could join Caleb in the 1st grade.
05.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChauncey
Del,

Heard from a very. very reputable source that DJ is not MIA for any orthopeadic reason, but instead fell hard off the wagon and is spending time in what used to be Lindsay Lohan's room!!!

Commissioner Denial has put this into deep space with his hyper spin.
05.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTravis Bickle
Hmm, that's interesting. Wonder if the Enquirer or TMZ are going to jump on that one?
05.13.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDel the Funk

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