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Saturday
Aug092014

Bubba Saturday: "I need to be held accountable."

After Bubba Watson was called out yesterday in spectacular fashion by Dave Kindred (and many others in print, online and on Twitter) for his swearing and general moping, the Masters champion declared himself deserving of the criticism. Today at least.

Kindred recounts his chat with Watson today and shares some shocking comments from Watson who, a month ago at The Open, said he pays no attention to the media or golf telecasts.

"I need to be held accountable," he said following a third-round 73 that left him at two-over-par 215. "The Bible says you don't act that way, and I did." So he thanked "all the people on Twitter, all my supporters, and the media. I love it. I'm glad people called me out."

Besides his comments to the media, Bubba took to Twitter to say he was sorry...today. Reports Jason Sobel.

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A golfer used profanity and complained about the rain? My god, I've got the vapors, get me to my fainting couch.
08.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCOB
So now he cares what people think and say about him?

I'm getting dizzy trying to follow his panhandle logic but perhaps he hasn't gotten to that "Hooked on Phonics" chapter yet.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
Take away the stellar play this week of the top 20, this has to go down as one of the more depressing weeks in PGA history - if you are a run-of-the-mill PGA teaching pro in a shop or club, you would have seen

Watson acting the Southern diva - the PGA equivalent of a Bette Davis villainess.
Woods creating a circus, and 20 milion new chiropractic experts.
Bishop telling his members the tournament players deserve more money, cos they do!
Poulter unable to control his fingers or his wife's problems.
DJ boogie-sugaring his way to Nirvana. or Idaho. I dunno, I forget where.

It is hard not to look at cake-eaters like Woods, Poulter, Watson, Johnson, Woods et al and have zero sympathy for the lot of 'em.

So thank you to all of the top 20 - there is life after Ole Porn Dog. We just need the media to forget him and remember them.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Are we meant to accept, more so are we meant to sit through the temper tantrums of the modern golfers in his pursuit of their apparent God given right to do whatever they pleases in their quest for glory.

Hell no, if not for the sake of our wives and young children which should be reason enough, then surely for the basic right of others to enjoy the game of golf.

In golf today disciplining a wrong is being undermined through the money making potential of the individual. The feelings and standards of those watching either by the side of the course or on TV are discarded even though its their money that pays for the riches of modern golf.

Once again The Silent Majority through their inaction allow the game to further descend into the realms of poor selfish behaviour which our children see as acceptable behaviour.

Just when will the authorities of the Tournament, the sponsors, the Governing Bodies start to take note and stamp out this appalling behaviour or is the message being sent out that this behaviour is acceptable.

Real double standards in a game that seems to holds dear to its own rules and mores so course etiquette - Perhaps golf was once played by gentlemen and Scotsmen, but today its been invaded by foul mouth selfish morons that care not for anyone including children.

The horse has bolted alas aided by the silent majority.
All he's got to do is SHUT THE FUCK UP and advise that his wife do the same. Just play the game as best you can. That's it, that's all there is to it.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered Commentertony roberts
Well, Bubba, in your defense ... I'll bet if Jesus played golf he'd cuss, too.
Doesn't the bible also say you shouldn't work on the Sabbath?
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterStiggy
I don't think it's ever been about the cussing-if you've played golf, you have let a foul word or two escape-but more about the "poor me" BS Bubba puts out there. It will always be hard to sympathize with any multi-millionaire who plays a game for a living, even if includes a Wednesday Pro-am once in a while.
Super simple: be greatful for what God gave you and quite bitching even when the intentional 40 yard bender doesn't come off just right.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterP-Dog
What KIndred was saying in a very subtle way is "Here's why Bubba Watson is the most despised man in the players' locker room.'' Ask Erik Compton
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Pike
Why do we have so many freakin Bible beaters on tour? It gets SO OLD!!

These thumpers need to take a cue from the Europeans -- who never talk about the bible and ALWAYS win the Ryder Cup.
My 7 year old son hates Bubba. It is my job as a father to make him hate Bubba. In fact I actually use the term "asshole" to describe Bubba to him. As in, that is the definition of an "asshole" son, people who act like Bubba. He knows that is a bad word and not to say it. I point out how selfish and whiney he is. How he doesn't care about anyone around him, even the people who are on his team (Ted). Or how he doesn't care about his family being embarrassed by his actions. How he blames others for his own mistakes or misfortune. Says he is a man of the Bible, but seemingly forgets everything he reads. I showed him the fit he threw bc water was on his clubface. My son classically said,"why didn't he just wipe the water off before he swung?" Because son, Bubba is an "asshole". That is why.

Thanks for the teaching opportunity Mr. Watson. I hope you enjoy your nick name!
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCRB
Leans on the Bible because it's the only book he's probably ever read. I could care less who he believes in, but he loves to proselytize in his own rube way. A tool.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
"Well, Bubba, in your defense ... I'll bet if Jesus played golf he'd cuss, too."

That is hilariuos! Well done sir!
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCRB
@Neil Young

Execpt of course, Bernhard Langer. From what I read, he tries to convert players in the locker room.....
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCRB
@growing....
I guess you are saying society should muzzle every person in the fear they might utter a bad word? I raised my kids to understand the meaning, or more importantly, the context of words and how people use them. If you have kids, I hope they aren't on the internet. It's a big scary world out there, including f-bombs from our so-called role models.
I'm not excusing his behavior, just questioning the recourse. You want to get Bubba's attention? Stop buying Ping and tell your kids why.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterP-Dog
CRB....very well done :0)

And in all seriousness, WTF is wrong with Bubba? Clearly he is unhappy on a day-in day-out basis. So what is underpinning the unhappiness? Thumperism not really doing it for him? Bad marriage? Mental defect? I remember the word going around that even back in jr. golf around Pensacola guys like Boo and Heath didn't think much of him...so what give?

Is it as simple as CRB's explanation above......he was just born an a**hole?
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
IF your kids goes to school, watches movies, watches TV, hangs out with other kids, listens to people on the street, go to any sporting event ever (etc) they've heard curse words. Guess what though, you're 7 year old really doesn't care. They will not be scared for life hearing the word f*ck, frankly unless you tell them they don't even know what it means. If you don't want them to use curse words, parenting is your job, it's not the job of the rest of society. I work with kids for a living, in terms of protecting kids, curse words don't even make the top 1000 on a list.

I don't like Bubba's whining, or berating caddie, or his constant apologize and then go back to doing the same thing. To me he's phony. But if those temper tantrums were the worst of what he did I really wouldn't care. At the end of the day they're not that big a deal.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered Commenterelf
The whining is intolerable.

But the Tour seems to be inoculated to the F-bombing, based on what we witness from its marquee star, Mr. Woods and others.

Perhaps fines have been levied against others, including Mr. Woods, but it has done little to curb the verbal outburst of curse-laced verbiage by him or many others. Of course we don't know what the fines have been if they have been issued.

What is the solution? Should Bubba be held to a different standard than the Marquee Star? Or is going to receive the same "punishment", what ever that is?
Notice I never said anything about Bubba's language......
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCRB
Eric Compton and Bubba got some bad blood btwn em?

Please elaborate Mr Pike.
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
I don't like Bubba, having seen I saw his "act" years ago on the web.com tour. The swearing and the whining are annoying for sure, but for me it's about how he treats others. From berating and blaming his caddie to his arrogance toward things like the other day when he hit it in the trees and was trying to get people moved and he said, "I thought I was speaking English". If you are going to profess to be such a Christian Bubba, start with the most basic of tenets, "do unto others".
08.10.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBillB
I really want to like this guy but he makes it impossible.
08.11.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJupiter

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