BUBBA Watson returns to the golf course where he seems most comfortable next week. But even at Augusta National, a place where he’s slipped on the green jacket twice in the past four years, Watson won’t feel at ease. And it has nothing to do with Major championship pressure.
In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, Watson admitted to having “a lot of mental issues,” including being “fearful of things, which I shouldn’t be. Scared of heights . . . buildings falling on me . . . the dark. Scared of crowds.”
A US PGA Tour professional who is scared of crowds? Watson’s closest friends and family believe that makes Bubba particularly uncomfortable at his job, no matter the tournament.
“In between holes is really scary to me, because there’s so many people that close to you,” Watson says in excerpts from the interview released on Thursday. “I’m just scared of people . . . in general.”
The program also features interviews with Watson’s wife, Angie, as well as Watson’s caddie, Ted Scott, who says his boss and friend’s actions toward him in the heat of competition are often misunderstood.
“He’s a mess,” Scott says, “but he’s a fun mess, you know?”