When Bubba Watson Was Indirectly Voted as the ‘Most Disliked’ PGA Tour Player by His Peers

Published 01/02/2022, 5:30 PM EST
Jun 17, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Bubba Watson reacts to his putt on the first green during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports


Bubba Watson is one of the most underrated golfers on the PGA Tour. He has 12 PGA Tour wins, and two major championship wins in his career so far. However, given his ability and skills, most of the fans feel Bubba has underachieved as a golfer in his career. His last victory on the PGA Tour was in 2018, and since then, there has been a huge drought. 

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Meanwhile, Bubba Watson is also said to be one of the toughest golfers to get along with, and he has had some temper issues, and we have seen a snippet of it during the 2013 Travelers Championship. Meanwhile, ESPN did a secret survey of around 103 tour pros and gathered some information. 

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Bubba Watson gets most votes in a secret survey 

When ESPN conducted the secret survey, one question was if a player is in a fight in the parking lot and you’re not helping him. Which is that player? And surprisingly, the two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson stood out from the rest of his mates. Bubba got around 23 pros who said his name. 

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Moreover, the next golfer was Patrick Reed with 11%, Rory Sabbatini with 9%, and Allenby at 9%. But surprisingly, Bubba Watson topped the list. When asked about this in a press conference, the left-handed golfer replied that he probably needs to improve as a man.

Jun 27, 2021; Cromwell, Connecticut, USA; Bubba Watson plays his shot on the third hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

“I take it as I need to improve as a man. And I take it with pride. I need to get better, and I think over my career, since my rookie season to now, I’ve got better. But obviously, there’s more room for me to improve as a man,” said Bubba. Furthermore, he said he hopes to improve the year or year after it. “So if it’s a bad thing and people don’t like me, then I’ve got to improve and prove them wrong.”

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Hence, Bubba Watson took this decision or secret survey positively, and we can see him improved as a person recently on the PGA Tour. Meanwhile, what do you think about this poll result? Do let us know in the comments section. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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