2017 Masters: Bubba Watson explains himself after ‘bad’ joke
There were a lot of good things that happened at August National Golf Club on Friday. Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia surged up the leaderboard with rounds of 5- and 3-under, respectively. The ageless Fred Couples finished the second day of play tied for sixth on the leaderboard. Rory McIlroy (+1) remained in the hunt, positioning himself to complete the career grand slam.
Bubba Watson was not among those highlights.
The former Georgia Bulldog followed up his opening-round 74 with an ignominious 78, missing the cut for the first time at the Masters. He was, predictably, less than thrilled.
“Golf is tough,” he told reporters after his second round. “I don’t know if you’ve ever played it. But writing articles is easy.”
Watson, a typically genial and affable individual known for playing with a pink PING driver and, this year, a pink golf ball, took a couple journalists in attendance aback by his swipe. FOX Sports’ Robert Lusetich responded in kind:
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) April 7, 2017
Watson, being Watson, later apologized on Twitter, saying, “What I was trying to say is — make a joke. It was 30 mile per hour winds; golf is hard. And if Bubba Watson tried to write an article, that would be very hard. And what I was saying to the reporter is ‘Golf is hard, so if he tried to play golf, it would be very tough.’ Writing an article is a little easier for him than it is for me. It was a joke, I love all journalists, obviously I made a bad joke just like I played bad golf this week.”
Apologies for my bad attempt at a joke today… my jokes as bad as my golf this week! pic.twitter.com/T6hVOBvcpV
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 7, 2017