It's Friday at the Players Championship, and while the story lines are all over the place (Will Tiger Woods miss his second straight cut for the first time in his career? Will Rory McIlroy ever play well at TPC Sawgrass? Can Adam Scott join the list of two-time Players winners?), the person the tournament is missing is Bubba Watson.
The Masters champion decided to take this week off to spend more time with his wife and newly adopted son, and while I have no problem with him taking time off to be with his family, it sure seems like he's doing his best to rub golf fans the wrong way.
Bubba plans to throw the first pitch out on Friday evening at a minor league baseball game between the Pensacola Wahoos and the Birmingham Barons, which might raise a few eyebrows but won't take much time away from his family. The real problem is tweets like the one you see below.
@NotoriousWhips not missing golf at all— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) May 10, 2012
Bubba was asked by a friend and answered honestly, but sometimes, honesty isn't always the best policy. Maybe the time away from the game is great, and you're absolutely content hanging with the family, but don't announce it to the world that you don't miss it at all.
Watson is one of the biggest pulls in the game of golf right now, and his presence really improves the state of certain golf tournaments. The guy never seems to shy away from questions, or being himself (Bubba Golf!), but maybe use a little bit of common sense when asked how much you're missing the game that not only made you a ton of money, but also got you to where you are today.
I think there are times when Bubba completely misses the point, and while I have no problem with him skipping out on a tournament for family time, I don't find it necessary to disrespect golf fans, and the game, with messages about how little you care about playing right now.
(And for those thinking I'm questioning Bubba's decision to hang with the family over golf, I was totally fine with him deciding to do that, just thought the tweet wasn't necessary.)