Though he has rarely been known as anything other than outspoken, it’s still a surprise to hear Bubba Watson criticise Tiger Woods. One of Tiger’s more regular practice partners over the last few years, he’s always shied away from adding to the fog of doubt and negativity surrounding the former World Number One. Yesterday, however, he broke with convention and announced, apropos of nearly nothing, that “Tiger is going the wrong way.”
Talking to reporters about Sean O’Hair’s split with Sean Foley, he seemed to hesitate for a moment, then took the plunge:
“I’ll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger is going the wrong way,” said Watson, who won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday, his third PGA Tour title in 10 months. “I just think he’s so mental right now with his swing.
“Just go out there and play golf. He used to hit shots, he used to bomb it, used to do all that stuff. In 2000 and ’97, I think he did pretty good. He won the Masters by 48 shots or whatever he won it by. I think sometimes he gets carried away on that. And a lot of guys do.”
Fair points one and all, you might think, particularly coming from as intuitive a talent as Bubba Watson, but they’re unlikely to be considered quite so benign by the player in question.