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Sunday
Jun232013

Video: Bubba To Caddie: "There's just no reason for me to show up."

Thanks to Doc from golfcentraldaily.com for this mini-meltdown by Bubba Watson directed at caddie Ted Scott during the Travelers Championship final round.

Ken Duke
beat Chris Stroud on the second hole of sudden death to win.

Meanwhile out on the Champions Tour, the caddies have been told not to enter a certain restroom. Rough times for loopers!

**Corrected the headline to note he said "me" and not you.

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I played that back twice. I thought he said "there's just no reason for ME to show up", essentially saying "I suck" while making a triple.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered Commentershivas
shivas, he did say "me" but it was directed at the caddie. i.e. if you keep giving me bad clubs why do I even show up.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
Either way, he is a class A jerk. I'm not sure wowever said it, but the idea that you judge people by the way they treat those that work for them, be it waiters/waitresses, secretaries or underlings at work, or in this case caddies, was spot on. Guy should have thrown Bubba's sticks in the lake and headed for the parking lot. Bubba, please go away
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
I cannot reliably interpret the Watson comment, either. Obviously, the lad was very upset, and his comments were in the heat of the moment. If not sooner we'll find out the implications in the next event he plays, when he has either the same looper or a new one.

The GeezerTour players' john is much more intriguing. At the very least, the notion that the caddies must use another bathroom seems pretty darned petty. Even if it's not the individual responsible for this dumb idea someone in the Tour hierarchy will take the fall for it, play the well known role of "sacrificial lamb." There's a shite storm in the weather forecast for the geriatric tour.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
There was probably a good reason for the no caddie restroom, maybe it was very small so they had separate ones to avoid queues. But it wasn't communicated well.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterCraig
Craig: what you're missing is that the "no reason for me to show up" was after Bubba had hit two subsequent crappy shots. This video makes it SEEM like he's still bitching about the distance his caddie gave him - first on the tee shot, and then from the drop zone, but he's actually IMO bitching at himself by that point for his own crappy shots. It's what happens when you splice video together like that.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered Commentershivas
Oh, and by the way, since he said "for me to show up", the headline of this story is certainly wrong and for all we know, the entire premise is wrong.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered Commentershivas
Shivas, I took it exactly as you did. Bubba was going at himself, not Ted Scott, with that remark. The tabloid engine is at full throttle, though, and I doubt anything can slow it down.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor
Here we go, another Shivas argument that never ends based upon a faulty premise. Bubba is a grade A jerk. He was referring to his caddy and the real Bubba was exposed. The facade of Bubba Watson the nice guy is hopefully over.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
The Lord will forgive him.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
The Lord obviously didn't show up or he'd at least have made the playoff.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
Watched the whole sequence live and am with Shivas.

Bubba was heckled earlier in the tournament by the gallery after missing a short putt: "Way to be a champion Bubba, true professional" - that sort of thing. Bubba took the high road but he had to have heard it. It was so random and funny.

The way he moves the ball is so compelling and he might be the last of his breed, but all of the attitude on and off the course is too much. However, there are pharmacists that can help level it off.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
My wife and I were watching and she commented that Bubba just looked mad the entire time. I agree with her. He just looks pissed. Ultimately, he's responsible for the yardage and the clubs he hits. He's the professional golfer. He has to be able to rely on Ted but at the end of the day, he has to make sure he's hitting the right clubs. If a caddy recommends a 7 and in your opinion you think it's a 6, you can't get pissed if the 7 comes up short.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
Stroud hit 3 perfect drives on 18, all of the ended up in same spot, where it was next to impossible to get it close to the hole. I was pulling for Duke, but still wanted to whisper "3 wood" to Stroud.
The Open de France is only two weeks away. Maybe he is preparing.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Spoilt prat !
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBilly
^^^^^^

Ugly American.....right?
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Bubba being Bubba. Really glad that Duke pulled it off... I always cheer for the journeyman to win.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeattle Jake
I'm agnostic when it comes to Bubba but share his North Florida accent and I heard "There's no reason for you to show up." Just my $.02.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad S
Ryan: who's got the faulty premise? I don't know a damn thing about Bubba and unless you've been hiding a secret best friend from the south that none of us know about, neither so you.

What I know is what I saw live, and although Bubba was fuming at his caddie after his first and second (actually third, with the penalty drop), he hit two stinkers after that. The Video compilation ignore this fact. There is only minimal basis to conclude that the "reason to be here" comment was aimed at the caddie, given that he was talking to himself. I think you're just seeing what you want to see here. I have no interest one way or the other. I just know what I watched (and reviewed a couple times while watching it live). I, too, thought that comment was aimed at the caddie at first. That's why I re-wound it - because I didn't want to jump to the same conclusion you apparently did.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered Commentershivas
S&T, had the same thought. Duke only had 117 once he finally got one in the fairway. Stroud had a downhill lie 3 consecutive times. Misses the green in regulation, dumps it in the bunker first playoff hole, and he goes for the exact same tee shot again? Be really interesting to know if his caddie raised the subject?
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
There appears to be nothing "there" with this guy, who, at age 34 will try to catch truly good guys (all from NY) Jeff Sluman with his next 3 wins, Joey Sindelar with his next 4 wins and the unreachable 12 Tour wins by Wayne Levi. But he did win The Masters, Oh my. But Bubba has passed another New Yorker, and good guy, Mikey Hulbert, who had three wins, so he's got that going for him.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMashie
Bubba said " there's no reason to show up" not referring to Ted, however Bubba did torch his caddie repeatedly for several minutes.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNick
I concur, he said "no reason for me to show up." Just lost his puppy, wasn't blaming the caddie for the putt. Just the yardage!
06.23.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Professional TV golfers and their white hot moments in the crucible of playing golf for a living on the big stage. GMAFB.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Dave: keep going. Like most of your incessant tirades and straw men arguments, I'll sit on the sidelines and watch. I have no need to debate what I know and how I know it. But like most things you dig your heels in on, you don't know nearly as much you think you do.

You know what you heard...Geoff has it in quote, Bubba's caddy admitted to what was said. But you keep arguing over what "you" heard. Have fun with that. I'll set the over under on your manic posts on this topic at 13. I'll respectfully end mine now.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
What a frickin' prick he really is.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNubi
I've heard from several well-connected sources that Bubba is the biggest dick on tour, and also the dumbest. His behavior today just confirms that for me. If you play professional sports for a living, and especially in golf, you need to hold yourself to a higher standard. Dressing down your caddie for something that you are ultimately responsible for yourself is ridiculous, and to do it multiple times on following holes is childish. His Masters win will go down as a fluke if he continues to act like an imbecile.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDulin
..

Maybe somebody can help me out here: it's The Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open so .. after slogging through last week .. I kinda had it on in the other room and wasn't watching very closely. What happened with Feherty? I'm pretty in tune to Feherty and know his tones and he came off of something .. I don't know what it was .. he kinda said something like, "Hey, you hit it, buddy .." or something to that effect. Was it from this circumstance that the comment I head was from? Because he was way off his normal tone and .. well, Feherty is friggin' crazy. Bonkers Gone. And so is Bubba Watson. Bubba is pretty much mentally ill and you guys know what I'm talking about if you follow golf pretty closely. He has a condition .. and it's pretty bad. So, I just kind of feel sorry for Bubba Watson most of the time. You can't really pick on him .. that's .. that's just cruel.

But I heard Feherty come off his tone on CBS .. and he doesn't do that too often.

That's pretty rare.

I was wondering what it was about.

DD

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06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDD
Me thinks Buh-ba done choked.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhew
Blubba. At least today he has something to cry about. And he will cry, and he would have cried, and he will cry again.

Oh, FGS, retire from golf and be a daycare dad.
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
You guys ever see Arnold and his treatment of Creamy at times?
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterObserver
After hearing it twenty times I still think he said "for you to show up" - although it is hard to hear in the video above
06.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Bubba defintely got hot with his caddy after the tee-shot, but was even hotter after the drop and pitch through the green...''after the wedge flew the target, he said something like ''are you telling me that's the right yardage?'' or somesuch.

Is he the first player to rip into his caddy for a bad club selection or bad yardage? No, and he may have had a point after the tee shot went short. But after that, his wedge is a 'feel' shot and he's played in that wind and with those hard greens all day - his fault. There's no 'we got the club wrong' there - he pulled the club, he hit it wrong. Then his next chip went bad, another poor shot. Then he two-putted. Then he goes off on his ''no reason to turn up'' shtick, which is him telling his caddy he's just cost him a win.

What also has not been noted was the way Chris Stroud whipped up the crowd during the play-off, playing games with Kenny Duke. Duke's reaction to his wining putt dropping was to turn to stroud and fist pump for a good while. I enjoyed that.
06.24.2013 | Unregistered Commentermehstg
@DD When Bubba hit his comeback chip long, Faherty said something like, "maybe it was the wrong club"...giving Watson a dig for so demonstrably trying to place blame with the caddy for his poor shot.

Bubba better watch it or he will be looking for a replacement caddy and I am sure that everybody else would be equally as puzzled about his game and find it difficult to club him. Getting into that mind would be a no-go for most.
06.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMulligan
BrianS - I've head it said this way: You can judge a man's character by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
06.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Congrats to Ken Duke. He got a huge break and took advantage of it when his golf ball was repelled by the trees and landed some 5' from the hole. Bubba's conduct was not very flattering, to say the least. He was uptight and tense all day as he was struggling from the first tee shot. He did not have control of his game or his emotions. ADD? One would expect a better performance from a Masters Champion in handling his emotions under the gun. He hit a bad shot, period. The first ball was a rope hook that would've missed the green to the right even if he had selected the correct iron. .
Ryan: what I hav no desire to debate is the irrelevant topic of whether Bubba is a jag-bag or not. You seem to want to turn this into that. I want no part of it. I'm perfectly happy letting the facts of the incident speak for themselves. Unfortunately, the video omitted some rather important facts. But keep on ripping on Bubba (or taking unnecessary shots at me for that matter) if it floats your boat.
06.24.2013 | Unregistered Commentershivas
Who cares?
06.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWW
At first it sounded like "me" but after a few replays to get the accent it sounds like, "Ray, there's just no reason for you to show up."

Maybe we can square this "you/me" circle if we find out Bubba calls his alter ego "Ray"!
06.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark B

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