Bubba Watson apologizes for 'bad joke' and 'bad golf'

Nothing is ailing the two-time Masters champ physically.

Bubba Watson's 78 on Friday also doomed his chances for two more rounds. But just it was a year ago at Augusta National Golf Club, his game was off.

The four-time major victor, who needs to win the Masters to complete the career grand slam, hit a superb pitch to three feet but missed the par putt to leave himself five shots off the lead. Watson, who ended his day in the mid-afternoon, seemed resigned to the notion he wouldn't make the cut. Golf is the hard part and right now golf is winning. I'm still within five of the lead going into the weekend with better conditions on the way. I'm hitting the ball like I want to. I hit it 12 feet past the hole and I barely hit it. "There was one shot I wish I could redo". If we could take back a couple of shots, obviously ... "The wind thought it wasn't the best option". 1 and 3. But No. 18 summed up his day.

Though veteran announcer Verne Lundquist retired from covering SEC football at the end of last season, he continues to call the action at the par-3 16th. For the short week, he landed 18 (of 28) fairways but just 18 greens in regulation. Watson went on to record a bogey. I love all journalists.

"It would be nice if we can be given a little bit today by the golfing gods and it would just be nice to play Augusta again in front of the patrons". He birdied Nos. 8 and 9, with No. 9 coming in unusual fashion. He shot 6-over-par 78 in the second round Friday. However, he struggled to keep this form throughout the remainder of his round, with three more bogeys in his final five holes.

And here's Watson during a practice round at this year's Masters. He has since fallen to 19th with only one top-10 finish in the first few months of 2017.

As for Watson, his play this week was not surprising to anyone who has followed the incredible disappearing man in 2017. He said he isn't injured.

Watson said that he was trying to make a joke. I don't know if you've ever played it.

"These things happen. I just have to birdie the first tomorrow and all will be forgotten".

  • Larry Hoffman