Bubba Watson Misses America
By mustang6560 on 7/1/11
Bubba Watson doesn't play in Europe very often and I highly doubt he'll change his schedule anytime soon.

After missing the cut at the French Open at Le Golf National, Bubba had this to say.
"It's not a normal tournament," Watson said. "There's cameras, there's phones, there's everything. There's no security. I don't know which holes to walk through. There's no ropes."

"I'm not used to that," Watson said. "I'm not saying it's bad. It's just something I'm not used to, I'm not comfortable with. It's very strange to me. Just very uncomfortable."
Great, insult the tournament and the fans. Let this be the first lesson in how NOT to win fans.

To be fair to the World No. 12, I could see how the perceived lack of crowd control would make him feel comfortable. I wouldn't want someone taking pictures or filming during my back swing.

The culture of the European Tour is much different than the culture on the PGA Tour, which should not come as a surprise because culture of Europe is different than the culture of America. It's less about the individual and they are much more lax about restricting fans. But, apparently nobody explained that to him.

The truly embarrassing part of Bubba's week in Paris was his pretournament press conference where he proceeded to highlight some of his ignorance.
Q. Did you like -- what did you see?

BUBBA WATSON: I don't know the names of all the things, the big tower, Eiffel Tower, an arch, whatever that -- I rode around in a circle. And then what's that -- it starts with an L, Louvre, something like that. One of those. And then we just went around to different shops, just kind of walked down the streets and went to different shops and just to see if there was anything we wanted to buy. Just kind of looked around and kind of road around and really that's it, just to see stuff that we don't get to see normal.
I guess you can take the Bubba out of Baghdad, but you can't take the Baghdad out of Bubba.

As one of Bubba's biggest fans, I must say I'm disappointed in his behavior. I expected more from him.


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[ comments ]
Banker85 says:
i am disappointed oobgolf still doesn't have an edit option for comments. seriously.
7/1/11
 
Banker85 says:
I love it, speaking his mind. We all know Bubba is a good dude and the crap at the Euro tour obviously got him upset and he expressed it. Who cares he don't know much about France he is a golfer not a scholar or historian or geographer. I am disappointed that oobgolf has a problem with this. I mean people talk about Americans this and that, well i am glad he was honest and let them know the problems they have so maybe they can get fixed. Even though the Euros may be leading the world golf rankings the PGA is the best and in my opinion only relevant tour out there. So in the props to Bubba for keeping it real!
7/1/11
 
homermania says:
Agreed, Banker. +85
7/1/11
 
mustang6560 says:
@Banker85- You don't have to be a scholar or historian to know what the Eiffel Tower is.
7/1/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
The French historically suffered thousands if not millions of their own killed in the struggle for "Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite" (don't know how to make aprropriate accent punctuation on this web site)and they take it seriously that any aristocratic/ superior air gets deflated. It doesn't take much to respect other cultures and traditions. Especially if you're a guest in their country. Its Been my experience that if you treat anyone in any country as an equal no matter their station and don't expect them to "get their act together and get it fixed", you'll have a productive exchange.

If Bubba keeps this up, he's not going to enjoy his time there.
Sorry Banker, you're way off and perhaps in time, with maturity you'll understand that.
7/1/11
 
Paolo says:
I was going to comment on Banker' s post but I really can't be bothered to respond to a xenophobic idiot. I'm guessing you're one of the 85% of Americans without a passport. Europe is different in every way from America and from itself but that doesn't mean it's odd or less. The world is a huge place and very diverse that's what makes it so great. Try crossing the state line from time to time. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the world I'd be surprised if many westerners or anyone from the developed world couldn't recognise it. I used to like Bubba but today he came across a an ignorant man.
7/1/11
 
Paolo says:
Oh look at that... I did comment!
7/1/11
 
birdieXris says:
I'm with Paolo on this one.


also, i do not have a passport :-( i am ashamed.
7/1/11
 
Dennis the Menace says:
What do you all expect? His name is Bubba...
7/1/11
 
JoeGill1205 says:
What a great way to celebrate American independence...by insulting the French.
7/1/11
 
JoeGill1205 says:
...that's sarcasm.
7/1/11
 
SD Charlie says:
To me, those comments aren't trashing either the tournament or the fans. Those comments there just speak to how he felt it was unusual and that made him uncomfortable. Keep in mind he has ADD, which makes him unable to tune out the minutiae that most others can.

Sure the lack of regional knowledge is ignorant. Hopefully he was just being goofy or something like that.
7/1/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
"...by insulting the French."

Was a year 'round pastime where I came from.

Algerian friend of mine once said about allegations of racism among the french toward Algerians, "Its not that French people think they're superior to any race in particular. They think they're superior to everyone."
7/1/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Bubba is neither a spokesperson for the USA nor has he ever claimed to be a worldly person. Maybe cut him some slack and resist the urge to sterotype all USA citizens as complete boobs.
7/1/11
 
Dennis the Menace says:
His name is Bubba! Just a slightly better dressed version of Boo Weekley.
7/1/11
 
DougE says:
No one knows how Bubba meant what he said. Certainly he was not trying to be rude to his hosts. But, taken out of context (of which none of you know because you weren't there to see and hear all that led up to his words) what he said may sound insensitive. From what I can tell, Bubba is a good guy and I WILL cut him some slack.
7/1/11
 
kwmoose says:
...and we wonder why the French don't like us!!!
7/1/11
 
snuffyword says:
Bubba can speak his mind all he wants. But if it comes out sounding ignorant, then that's what people are going to think. I can't cut him some slack because out of respect for the host country, a person traveling there should make an effort to know something about it. Sometimes, it's better to keep your mount shut than make a comment. If your comment comes across as criticism, please eloborate or explain what you were expecting. However, did he understand how the French Open was being run before he teed it up?
7/1/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
I tend to cut people slack for obvious typos and the occassional lapse in grammar. Similarly, when athletes are quoted out of context, I try not to judge them too harshly unless they insist upon making complete fools of themselves.
7/1/11
 
snuffyword says:
Pardon my grammatical French. I meant mouth but I guess my typing got away from me. That's decent of you to cut me some slack. Apparently, I'm not as decent as you to cut Bubba slack for his lack of cultural knowledge. I'll just watch him play golf and tune out whatever he has to say about visiting another country.
7/1/11
 
David Yurik says:
The day an average American is critical of a pro golfer offending the delicate French is a sad sad day. You go Bubba!! Next time thank them for all the help in Iraq!
7/1/11
 
SCGAMECOCK says:
He wasn't criticizing the tournament at all. "not to say its bad". He was just explaining why he couldn't concentrate. No harm there.

However if you don't know what the Eiffel tower or the louvre is, there's not excuse for that. I guess that's what happens when your the fucking man at golf from the age of ten....you don't have to read many books. Whatever.

For all you euros who criticize americans for being ignorant CONSTANTLY, you are in fact the ignorant ones. Not everyone is like that, and I'm tired of reading european news outlets that allow comments, because nearly every american story is filled with euros completely stereotyping every single american person as being the exact same (most of the time arrogant). That is true ignorance. Its evident in the one of the post above that thinks that bubba watson is even remotely similar to boo weekley. (at least boo weekley is charming...lol. bubba was not)
7/1/11
 
SCGAMECOCK says:
Plus the french historically are, and always will be pussies.... How's that for a stereotype you freaks.

One more thing, the reason 85 percent of americans don't have passports probably has something to do with being just as big as the heavily populated areas of europe. We can't just take a 45 minute train ride to a different fucking country.
7/1/11
 
hokie003 says:
We can't even take a 45 minute train ride to another state. 100 year old technology and not even trying to move in the right direction of rail travel. But why do you need trains when your gas guzzling SUV will get you there just as fast?
7/1/11
 
falcon50driver says:
If I were take a 45 minute train ride to the next state to the west. It would have to travel at 1066 mph.
7/2/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
As St. Patrick, the patron saint of golf once said, "People, can we all just get along."
7/2/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
Shocking.
7/2/11
 
KVSmith59 says:
lol. I was in the Navy when I was a young man and had the chance to visit many different countries in lower Europe during a 6 month cruise over there. I can tell you from experience that most of the guys I was with acted like idiots overseas. They would insult the locals because they didn't speak English, they'd get drunk in public and start fights, they were clueless about the different cultures, etc, etc. Granted, they were immature 20 somethings, but I've seen the same thing as an older adult while traveling in Mexico from dumbass tourists. It's the American tourist who seems to think their shit doesn't stink. No wonder the Euros look down on us.
7/2/11
 
PHALE says:
I reckon that there are ten's of thousands of American heros buried on French soil; there would be no France, no museums and no French Open as we know them today if not for American heroism and compassion. I believe Bubba has a terrific sense of humor that apparently very few of us can appreciate. And thank you David Yurik
7/2/11
 
stuart189 says:
I went to America on holidays once and saw these dudes heads carved in some sort of hill.
7/3/11
 
guzzlingil says:
Amen, Phale!!!!!!
7/3/11
 
falcon50driver says:
I went to France once, and I think they spent waay too much money on that cellphone tower.
7/3/11
 
Paolo says:
Brendan Steele's doing ok, currently T8
7/3/11
 
thunderthor says:
Some funny comments here, especially from stuart and merlin.
As for Bubba, I think he had some valid criticism of how the event was run and how it affected him and I don't see anything wrong with that, he even pointed out that he didn't disagree with it, just that it made him uncomfortable. His other statements showed him to be ignorant, the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the Arc are national points of pride that were dismissed with a "meh" statement.
Bubba isn't the typical American tourist though, most Americans that travel to Europe are well informed and eager to learn. The cost of travel in Europe is prohibitive to many so the demographic is usually mostly retirees who at most draw smirks because they dress funny/differently (think white tennis shoes with velcro straps). American tourists themselves are not disliked, but they're seen to represent the average American who in the past was disliked because of ignorance but now is so because of politics.
It's the (drunk) British tourists that are disliked!
7/3/11
 
coojofresh says:
idk maybe because i am not as good as bubba but when i get into a zone there isn't much short of someone actually pushing me that would disturb my concentration.
7/4/11
 
ToddRobb says:
I think Bubba was spot on with his comments about the tournament. I'm not sure what mustang6560 considers an insult. If you are a professional ANYTHING, there is an environment that is usually consistent with the task at hand. This wasn't an exhibition, it was "suppose" to be a real tournament. Bubba was not used to people taking pictures of him during his swing ON EVERY HOLE and walking around basically wherever they wanted to go. He clearly said it just made him "uncomfortable", we all know that golf is hard enough to play well, imagine trying to play championship golf feeling "uncomfortable". Hence Bubba missing the cut. It sounded like a damn good reason to me why he missed the cut. As far as his other comments go, personally I think he was taking a swipe at the whole situation by "acting" like he didn't know the French landmarks. I think it's funny how mustang6560 actually "expected more from him", why would that be exactly???? More than what??
7/4/11
 
mattshaver says:
one thing that our Euro friends tend to forget is that cultural understanding works both ways. we need to try to understand our continental brethren better (which i think most americans do, we just only hear about the bad ones), and our continental friends need to try and understand us better, besides what they see on mtv and from drunken tourists in their cities. in my travels around europe, americans may be the loudest, but the brits are usually the drunkest.
7/4/11
 
RJSchuchman says:
This "discussion" aggravates me...Bubba directly and honestly answered the questions without blaming anyone--as the title of this article states. Then, if you red his first sentence to answer the reporter, he states: "I don't know the names of all of them.." Then, the only one he missed was the Arc D' Triumpf, which he said he just rode around it in a car! He obviously doesn't speak French, so he didn't remember the name of it--and again, he stated that in his opening line....

This over-dramatization of the article reminds me too much of how ESPN is becoming: MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF NOTHING
7/4/11
 
jeremyheslop says:
Did he get any actual french fries while there? I hear there better than the freedom fries LOL. +1 for Kurt we need to respect the culture we are in (up to a point) but I'm sure Bubba was just being Bubba and not trying to disrespect anyone. I also agree that is is just news for news sake and they are reading to much out of it.
7/4/11
 
ToddRobb says:
Now it turns out the guy that won the tournament (Thomas Levet) broke a bone in his shin by jumping into the lake after winning, and will probably miss the British Open. And we were suppose to be embarrassed by Bubba why again????
7/4/11
 
Paolo says:
IT'S "THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP" NOT THE BRITISH OPEN..... BLOODY IGNORANT YANKS! ;-)
7/4/11
 
ToddRobb says:
LOL! So what's up with the Scottish Open that he's going to miss also, is that called the NOT QUITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP? :)
7/4/11
 
wanlotfi says:
I wonder if he knows there's another place named Baghdad somewhere else in the world. hahaha
7/5/11
 
subsrus says:
Bubba Watson is a hick hillbilly that can hit a golf ball. He is an embarassment to all Americans due to his lack of knowledge and culture.
7/5/11
 
Banker85 says:
Tiger is out of the British Open."Unfortunately, I've been advised that I should not play in the British Open," Tiger Woods
7/5/11
 
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