U.S. OpenJune 18, 2015

Bubba Watson has another mini-tantrum during first round at Chambers Bay

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- At some point we'll grow to appreciate Bubba Watson's transparency. When he's not happy on a golf course, you don't have to strain to notice.

So it was Thursday at Chambers Bay, when Watson opened with double bogey and later made another, but still finished with an even-par 70. Cause for celebration? Not exactly. Watson was noticably irritated throughout the round, never more so than when he left his approach shot on the par-5 18th out to the right, and could be heard exclaiming, "This is pathetic. Professional golf!"

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The context wasn't exactly clear -- possibly the golf course, or possibly the long wait that preceded the shot. Very likely it was a combination of the two. But we're only left to speculate since Watson refused to speak to the media after the round.

As a refresher, this is hardly the first time Watson has let his frustration show during a major. Most recently Watson let loose during the second round of last August's PGA Championship, when he struggled in the rain. He shot 72, also refused to speak to the press, but later apologized for his actions.

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