PARAMUS, N.J. – Two weeks removed from a tumultuous PGA Championship, Bubba Watson admitted he made some mistakes.
“Not competing in the Long Drive was the first mistake,” he said of the Tuesday competition during which he chose to hit iron rather than show off his driving prowess that has him ranked atop the PGA Tour distance category. “That was the selfish part, because I didn’t agree with it, but there’s a lot of things that I don’t agree with that I do.”
His mistakes didn’t stop there, either.
“Then you look at it from my attitude on the golf course,” he said in relation to multiple tantrums during his opening two rounds. “Because I want something so bad, that’s not the reason to do that. You still just bite your tongue and compete at a high level, don’t show emotion. I take it overboard because I want something so bad. I want to be considered a great player. I want to win golf tournaments and I’ve got to learn on that.
“And then my language was not good. That’s a different topic and childish again. It’s all childish stuff and trying to mature and become a better man. Obviously, I take it on the chin. It was my fault. Everything’s my fault and I should be bigger and stronger and better than that.”
Asked whether he did anything right that week, Watson said he made the cut and birdied the last hole and had a nice gesture to a fan.
“I’ve got to get a new umbrella this week. Because it started raining right when we putted out [on Sunday]. I was walking across the bridge and a guy goes, ‘Bubba, can I have your umbrella?’ And I was like, you know what, that’s a good question. So I just gave it to him. I was like, I’m done. You need it more than I do.”