Bubba Watson apologizes for faux pas at French Open

Posted in What's News by on July 2nd, 2011

Bubba Watson took to Twitter Saturday to apologize, sort of, for his bad behavior during the French Open.

“If I offended anyone I apologize,” Watson tweeted Saturday afternoon, “definitely wasn’t my intention.”

The big-hitting Bubba, who appeared to blame the French fans for his missed cut, took responsibility for his own poor play. He also said that he did some sightseeing in Gay Paree, actually had a swell journey, and planned to tee it up all over Europe and the U.K. in the coming months.

“I played bad, not the fans or the tournaments fault, I hit the shots,” Watson said. “Besides playing Bad I had a great time, enjoyed seeing Paris & Versailles.

“I am home for a week, then British Open, Scandinavian Masters, Denmark and Schuco Open,” he added. “Looking forward to it!”

Watson, who earlier said he might back out of the Scandinavian Masters, took a great deal of heat from fellow golfers, fans, and writers for his boorish comportment toward the tourney, the French spectators, and, really, all things French.

Watson did not fare well on Le Golf National course — the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup — and took out his frustrations on the gallery and officials running the event. He complained about fans using cell phones and cameras, what he considered the lack of security, and having to make his own way from greens to tees.

There were also reports of Watson stiffing the press as well as a European Tour player who purportedly sought to hitch a ride with the world’s 12th-ranked golfer, only to have Bubba rebuff him in favor of traveling solo in his courtesy car. Then, of course, there were the know-nothing observations about France’s historic icons that led observers to view Watson as a country bumpkin with no appreciation for other peoples’ cultures. He professed not to know the names of the Arc de Triomphe and called the Louvre “something” that “starts with an ‘L.’”

Christina Kim and Stuart Appleby were two professional golfers who took Watson to task for what they considered his offensive conduct.

“…he acted like a fool,” Kim tweeted Friday. “he was a spoiled prima donna.”

Appleby admonished Watson for showing an unacceptable lack of respect for the French tour and tweeted that the 32-year-old golfer needed “a learning experience” to illustrate “how good we have it on the US Tour.”

Watson appeared to have taken the criticism to heart. “Hope to learn how to deal with new & different challenges in my life & golf career,” he tweeted. “#life&golfaretough”

Watson traveled to France after failing to defend his Travelers Championship title. Watson finished T38, 11 shots back of winner Fredrik Jacobson at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn.

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(Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. Check her out on the Waggle Room, Boston Golf Examiner, National Golf Examiner, and GottaGoGolf websites. You may also follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer.)

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