‘I’m Nowhere Near Tiger Woods’ – Bubba Watson Urges Golf Fans to Tone Down the Comparisons

Published 06/27/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
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 has been a consistent name on the PGA Tour since 2006. That’s when Watson joined the tour and he’s seen plenty of success since then. Over the years, Watson has been an inspiration for left-handed golfers, but the 42-year-old thinks he still has miles to go to be compared with someone like Tiger Woods. 

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Tiger Woods, as we all know, is a legend of the game. There is no golf fan who would talk against the talents of the 82-time PGA winner. Such has been his global impact on the sport and Woods has enjoyed memorable rivalries with guys like Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. 

While the Watson-Woods rivalry was not glorified like the others, these two players have played against each other a lot. Watson admires the quality of a player like Tiger Woods and recently admitted that he can never be put on the same pedestal as the 15-time major winner. 

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 21: Tiger Woods of the United States acknowledges the crowd on the fifth green during the first round of World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec on February 21, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Bubba Watson does not want to be known as the king of the Travelers Championship

There is no player other than Bubba Watson whose name is more synonymous with the Travelers Championship. He loves this tournament more than any other and recently explained why he holds such an affinity as well. 

Watson is currently the joint 54-hole leader at the Travelers Championship. The 42-year-old is looking to bring up his fourth trophy at this tournament, but he never lets overconfidence flood his mind and corrupt his game on the golf course. 

“I expect to play good here,” Watson reflected on his confidence levels. “Now, winning it, that’s Tiger Woods level. I’m nowhere near Tiger Woods level. You know what I’m saying? That’s a Jack Nicklaus /Tiger Woods saying. No, to play good is one thing. And play good to you guys or the internet or the fans out here, I don’t know what ya’ll think playing good is, but I think a top 25 is playing good.”

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Watson does not want to get too ahead of himself at the moment. He’s currently tied for the lead at the Travelers Championship going into the final round. Watson has placed himself in a solid position, but only time will tell if he can reign supreme at TPC River Highlands yet again. 

Watson is a three-time winner of the Travelers Championship. Furthermore, he hasn’t won a tour event since 2018. Do you reckon he can break the drought and pick up the title on Sunday?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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