By Alex Myers
Bubba Watson's week at Valhalla began with criticism over his odd refusal to participate in the PGA of America's revived Long Drive contest. Now he's taking more heat for his behavior on the course.
In the second round of the PGA Championship, Watson is playing in the rain and he doesn't seem to be having much fun. The Twitter world is noticing.
Here, the rain bothers Watson to the point he has his caddie, Ted Scott, tee up a ball for him:
Ted Scott, ladies and gentleman. pic.twitter.com/nUXdeImD1m— Chris Chaney (@Wrong_Fairway) August 8, 2014
Here, he starts complaining about the wet conditions affecting his shots:
"Water on the clubface bro... water on the clubface. I've got no chance." Bubba is the first player to play in the rain. #PrayForTedScott— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) August 8, 2014
Here, he complains more about the conditions affecting his shots:
Ugh Bubba to Teddy after missing the green on 16, "I can't play golf man. I got nothing."— Amanda Balionis (@Amanda_Balionis) August 8, 2014
By the way, the guy who "can't play golf" was two under on his round at that point.
He was still two under when he hit this tee shot on No. 18. Caution: His reaction is NSFW.
Did you have trouble hearing that? Here's a transcript:
Bubba cursing doesn't happen often, right?
Bubba Watson hits a tee shot and drops an f-bomb. Never heard that from him before. Even with some incessant whining, that's a new one.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 8, 2014
Didn't think so. Not exactly the kind of history the reigning Masters champ was looking to make this week.
To be fair, Watson was one of three golfers (Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer) who fans could watch on Friday before full TV coverage began at 1 p.m. People are focused on his every shot, but he should know better. And again, why all the misery when he's playing well?
Here's a sampling of other reactions on Twitter:
Tough watching Bubba Watson, miserable body language. Looking for excuses. #USPGAChampionship— Allan Rennie (@aldosrendos) August 8, 2014
Bubba Watson showing his true colors. Dude is a fraud.— Scotty Wilson (@S_Wilson901) August 8, 2014
@bubbawatson hey bro...love you, your golf, your fam, and your stance on faith. Youve had a few moments today that you're better than...— Mark Doebler (@Coach_Mark) August 8, 2014
Surely the rain kept the great @bubbawatson from making that 3 foot putt on 18. Lmaoooo. Fragile, as Rory bangs in eagle.— Carson Jones (@CarsonJones1) August 8, 2014
Over the course of the past three days Bubba Watson might have lost every fan he had— Charlie Saxon (@CSaxgolf) August 8, 2014
UPDATE: Watson took to Twitter to offer this on Friday afternoon:
Sorry for my actions today! Trying to get better as person. Thanks to all who support me. #YallDontGiveUpOnMe— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) August 8, 2014