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Bubba Hissy Fit 'O The Week: No Long Drive Contest For Me

When the PGA of America thought it'd be fun to bring back to the Long Drive Contest that once kicked off PGA week and was won by Jack Nicklaus (who went on to win the big event), they shaped the format of just one drive off the tenth tee Tuesday to fit the schedules of today's precious pros.

Naturally, even the simple act of one drive, one time, during practice rounds, was all too much for the whiner-than-ever Bubba Watson

Jason Sobel reports along with Bubba's money quote. Get your Kleenex out!

“I’m there to play golf, not to hit it far,” said the namesake of BubbaGolf. “I’ve got to practice. I’ve never been to the course. I don’t need to worry about a long drive on the 10th hole.”

The poor lad!

The burdens these great thinkers of our planet must face!

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Not being much of a Bubba fan seeing the post about him whining immediately drew my attention.
But his comment doesn't seem that bad to me. In fact I like his attitude. He's there to compete and win. He's trying to be focused. Meanwhile, the media and a half dozen other groups want a piece of him.
Yes, he could participate in a long drive contest, it wouldn't take much time. And yes, he might have couched his comments more judiciously. But, on the flip side, this isn't the MLB All Star Game and the BigBoy (PGA) Tour is not the travelling circus it once was. They don't need to do something gimmicky to inflate attendance.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
So he's turning his back on making some $$ for his charity of choice??

That's Very Christian of you Bubs!

08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Bubba is such a drama queen. But at least he's praying for Tiger...smh
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterstandrew
You are playing a practice round. You come up to the 12th (or whatever) teebox, and there is guy standing there with a laser. You hit the driver on that hole and try and get in the fairway. Somebody measures where it landed and writes that down in a book. You continue playing. Seems really hard doesn't it ? Not a lot of "worrying" required. What is Bubba going to do, hit an iron on that hole ? Childish.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Bubba just doesn't want to get beat. He has the reputation as the longest hitter on tour. If he competes and loses he no longer has that title. Everything to lose nothing to gain.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTIG
Just because the PGA has no idea how to make their championship relevant (Vote for Pin Position, Long Drive Contest) doesn't mean everybody has to bow down for them. LeBron James never participates in the dunk contest either, so what?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
3 to 1 he changes his mind at least once between now and tomorrow...
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJS
I agree with Ryan. The PGA Championship struggles to make itself unique. I wish they would go back to the match play format.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterD
We're forgetting who we're dealing with.

5 minutes later, he would've probably said the exact opposite.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterWillie
After his comments at the US Open about Pinehurst, and now this--which BrianS states is not some contest held at the driving range, it's during his practice round on a hole--Bubba has officially become the biggest idiot on the PGA Tour. Funniest thing I heard recently on SIRIUS PGA Tour radio was another player on the Tour calling Bubba basically the same thing. I've got a feeling most of the other players feel the same way about this clown.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Maybe Elkington had it right a few yrs ago?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikey
Doesn't surprise me that Gerry doesn't want to participate. I hope people start to realize what a DB he is. Just remember, this is a deeply religious guy who thinks You are living in sin. When asked about DJ's situation this week, Gerry said it's "none of his business" and that he would pray. This is a self serving response that only benefits Gerry and an example of douchebaggery.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark Pugner
Who really cares about him and this competition. It might be more fun without him as he could potentially end it at 8 am with a massive drive that could scare off would be competitors.

johnnycz - check your hotmail account
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
I'm leaving for the possibility that he was joking because he knew all eyes are on his balls for the long drive.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTim
Wouldn't it be ironic if the PGA's vaunted "We have the top 100 out of 100 golfers in the world for our tournament" meme would be reunied by having the most well-known of said golfers pull out?

Also, I'm sure Bubba will blame his caddy if he doesn't win the long drive contest.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
+1 BrianS
medication might help more than ______ !
The O,

It's already ruined with good ol' DJ's "personal leave"
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRules Guy
Wonder if Bubba forced his caddie, Ted, to sign a non disclosure. Would love to read a book on the "real Bubba". There has got to be some really good stuff.

@The O, no matter what this guy (his caddie) is paid, it's not enough.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Bubba is a "DB" for praying for someone with a drug addiction? What was going through your head when you came up with that gem?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGW
um, for starters because it's absurd to think "God" cares about the degree to which another well known DB, Dustin Johnson, is face first in coke?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterjgw
Oh, so anyone who believes in God is a "DB." And people who have drug addictions they're fighting. But apparently not internet trolls...
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterGW

you got it right.

And as to Bubba and prayer; I too am offended by the ''on and on'ers'' , but Bubba keeps it short and simple, and I see no problem with him stating that he will pray for DJ and TW. Goof for him.

And I am not a Bubba fan at all. Ifind him to e very hypocritical, but he is too shallow to even realize it.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
This is why I'm not and probably never will be a Bubba fan. What is the big deal here? I mean, he's going to be teeing off on the 10th tee in practice anyway, right? Why not get in the contest and try to win some money for charity? He seems to always take pride in the fact that he's never had a lesson and doesn't really like to practice yet when something like a long drive contest comes up, now he needs to practice? Really? Hitting one drive off the 10th will hinder his "practice?" I'm going to how out on a limb and guess that even if Bubba didn't practice the 10th hole, he's going to play it the same way no matter what. Blast a driver as far down the fairway as possible and hit a short iron into the green. C'mon, Bubba! Seriously?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeron Sizemore
Wasn't this the guy who got the crowd cheering before he hit at the Ryder cup? The long drive contest seems like it would be the most bubbagolf thing ever.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarker81
What I think is that Bubba said to himself: "We get ONE DRIVE? ONE BALL and it has to be in the fairway? That's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard." And I agree.

Perhaps the PGA honchos realized that they would never get 50 or so touring pros (already preparing for a major) to show up at the same spot for even an hour so they decided to hold the Long Drive contest during practice but the idea of one ball is a joke... you NEVER see that during a real long ball competition. Bubba could knock one out there 390 and be 30 yards ahead of the number two guy and -- whoops! -- sorry, but that ball is six inches off the fairway so you're not qualified. Three balls would make it a real contest. PGA stupidity is going to get them what they deserve: a Long Drive contest where the winner is fairway-spitting Zach Johnson.

Oh, and there was this: "When asked about DJ's situation this week, Gerry said it's "none of his business" and that he would pray. This is a self serving response that only benefits Gerry and an example of douchebaggery."

I have to conclude that you didn't really intend to sound so completely out of touch and were typing only to earn the Geoff Shackelford's "Ignorant Dolt Comment of the Week." Congratulations.... the trophy is yours.

If keeping your mouth shut and refusing to speculate about the behavior of a fellow competitor is "douchebaggery," do us a favor and let us in on what you would LIKE Bubba Watson to say. Display your brilliance.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
@Rules Guy,

Of course. How could forget his totally and completely "voluntarily" leave of absence that in no way came as the result of a threatened or actual suspension from the tour for a failed drug test.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
Rory - if he enters the LD contest - will win it anyway. So, Bubba won't be missed. Some of us forget that these guys are independent contractors. They don't have a boss like we do. So, give them a break if they don't want to do something. I wish I had that kind of control at my job.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRonDenver
Why did it take so long for him to be exposed? The darling, he's not
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterFriendly Frank
Unless he refuses to tee off on the 10th hole during the practice round, the PGA of America official who is measuring the drives will measure Bubba's drive anyways.

The only way not to participate in the long drive competition is to completely bypass the 10th tee.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
"You telling me that's the right Yardage??!!"
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
@Ben, have you ever played in a tournament that had a long drive hole? One shot only except for the drunk guys who tee it up a few times. That's what this is. What's the big deal? IT'S FOR FUN for goodness sake. Tee it up, let it fly, and if you hit it 40 yards off line or one yard off line you lose. You sound like one of those soccer parents who want a trophy for their kid for finishing last.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
"What I think is that Bubba said to himself" have powers way beyond mere mortals if you know what's going on in Bubba's mind. I think the trophy is still up for grabs
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBuck
I wonder if he has any idea who pays his wages?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Coming from a long line of hillbillies, trust me . . . flash that shiny first-place money clip in front of him, he'll enter the contest.

Hell, he'd enter a sack race. And bring his own sack.

Remember, though, make it shiny.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterWillie
Was he crying when he made that statement?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBob Black
<< You sound like one of those soccer parents who want a trophy for their kid for finishing last. >>

Huh? A poor analogy, an irrelevant argument. I don't want the winner of a "Long Drive" contest to be the guy who carefully bunts one down the middle of the fairway and "wins" because he hit one straight while ten others bombed it by him but just off the edge of the fairway.

Three balls would be a VASTLY more effective way of determining the Longest Hitter. And yes: I've won a number of "longest drive" contests while playing in scrambles because I hit one good one down the middle but that doesn't necessarily mean I was the biggest hitter in the field. And isn't THAT what we're trying to determine here?

You're a spectator on Tuesday behind the 10th tee. Don't you want to see MORE tries at a long ball in the fairway -- not LESS?
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
I can't stand Bubba's poor attitude anymore.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterpdgoblue25
"You sound like one of those soccer parents who want a trophy for their kid for finishing last"

"And isn't THAT what we're trying to determine here?"

@Ben, the point is this: the PGA is bringing back a fun thing, who the hell really cares who wins. They made the rules, put a ball down, and see who wins. Why the tweaking of everything? And no, it's obviously not what they are trying to determine. This is a fun thing. No one is receiving a check for 250k. We already know who the longest hitter on the PGA Tour is by the stats.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
ONE HIT! Sorry Ben, but I gotta go with the one and done deal. It's not Remax, it exlax- you know , just a BS thing to add to the day.
08.4.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
<< just a BS thing to add to the day >>

Ah, who can argue with the wisdom of the ages?

Just an exhibition.... like the Ryder Cup and the Olympics. Oh wait: I meant to say ALL sporting events. Mere entertainment, the "toy department" of life.

Hope the pro's enjoy their "scramble" format tomorrow. Maybe Zach Johnson will drag out a 48-inch driver and tee up a Pinnacle!
08.4.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle

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