Jul
2
2011
Tweeting Tour Players Respond to Bubba’s Antics in France (*Update)
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Captain America!

Bubba Watson dominated the Friday afternoon news cycle — and not necessarily for the right reasons. Apparently Bubba was very homesick after his poor showing (and attitude) at the French Open. Several of his fellow Tour pros, along with LPGA player Christina Kim, took to Twitter to add their two cents.

I must say Christina hit the nail on the head with these lines:

I’m blue collar and damned proud of it. I don’t claim to be a redneck, then go buy a pink Ferrari and floor seats to the Suns in my true religion jeans and Louis Vuitton wallet.”

Amen, sister! — but I’d make one little change and include, “Ed Hardy T-shirt and half-a-million dollar watch.”

Check out her Twitter feed for more of her thoughts on this topic.

Look, it’s forgivable that Bubba wasn’t familiar with some of the world’s — not just France’s — most famous landmarks. The issue Christina (and I) have is with him being disingenuous and trying to sell himself as “Bubba from Baghdad,” the fun-loving goofball. When the cameras are off, sometimes it’s like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde act.

As one person put it yesterday, “You never know which Bubba you’re going to get.” He’ll make appreciable gestures, like write generous checks for charity, and that’s great, but it doesn’t excuse him from being a jerk.

Meanwhile, Australian Stuart Appleby didn’t mince words via Twitter (read from bottom to the top):

Whoa!

Graeme McDowell was more subtle and tactful with his words.

In other words, grow up.

Bubba is supposed to play in another European Tour event in Sweden the week after the Open because of one of his sponsors, but he implied that he may not. I’m sure the sponsor will be real happy if he doesn’t show up, put on his happy face and play golf.

It’ll be interesting to see how fans receive him at Royal St. George’s in a few weeks — which of course, Bubba is only playing because “it’s a major.”

*Update: Bubba apologizes via Twitter…

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)