Before the 2012 Masters even began, Bubba Watson was standing under the famous Magnolia Tree at Augusta National taking questions from reporters. Someone asked him simply what he would do if he won a green jacket.
Bubba started to choke up, simply saying he'd take time off of golf and spend time with his family. He walked away after that question, and as you obviously know, went on to win his first major championship.
But who knew his pre-Masters answer was actually what Bubba was thinking. the 2012 Masters champion announced on Twitter this Thursday that he wouldn't be playing in the Players Championship, an even that boasts one of the most talented fields in all of golf, major or no major.
I ve decided to pull out of the Players.I need to spend more time with Caleb and Angie, plan to take at least a month off #familytime— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) May 3, 2012
Sorry to disappoint fans but the Players has one of the best fields all year, tourney is more than fine without me— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) May 3, 2012
Watson has never had that much success at TPC Sawgrass. His best finish came in 2009 when he opened with a 67 but couldn't get much going after that, finishing T-37. He has missed the cut in three of his five starts, and seems to be very much enjoying life with his new adopted son Caleb.
For golf fans, you can't be that upset at Bubba. The guy respected his commitment last week in New Orleans as the defending champion, and played a really solid third round, but admitted to being physically exhausted and said he just didn't have enough energy to pull off the golf shots he wants.
Being a newly minted major champion means the demand for you to show up at tournaments increases dramatically, but it won't do you much good to show up and play bad golf. If Bubba needs time away to clear his mind, let him do it, and come back a refreshed, and excited golfer.