Revelations of Bubba Watson: “I no longer need to hide that I am a man with some problems and that sometimes cries. There are ups and downs in life and I am not ashamed to admit it.” The American golfer can also boast two career triumphs (in 2012 and 2014) at The Masters.
And that now, on the eve of The Genesis Invitational, an event of the PGA Tour until Sunday in California (which Watson has already won three times, the last in 2018), he wanted to talk about his sufferings. Caused by an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as anxiety problems, which has led to many teasing in the past.
Bubba Watson, statements
“He hurt me – admits the 42 year old from Baghdad (Florida) – but now I have learned to know and manage myself” A suffering that has been part of his life for a long time, which got worse two years ago.
When Watson couldn’t sleep, he lost weight and feared for his life. “I thought I was going to die, but I never stopped fighting” He was also and above all helped by golf. A sport, his sport, considered perfect for those suffering from ADHD.
Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson could only laugh after a tough finish to Friday’s round at Pebble Beach. “Paul, that’s a nine. I’m kind of crushing the par-5s right now,” the World Golf Hall of Famer said with a smile to playing partner Paul Casey after tapping in with his glove on to complete a second-round 80 in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Mickelson hit two balls in the water on Pebble Beach’s famed finishing hole en route to a 9, four holes after a double-bogey on the back-nine’s other par-5. This was Mickelson’s 25th appearance at Pebble Beach and even after Friday he still has more wins here (5) than missed cuts (4).
Mickelson shot 10-over 154 (74-80) at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill this week. He was 7 over on the par-5s alone, hence his comment to Casey. Mickelson’s 80 ties his highest round ever in this event. He also shot 80 at Pebble Beach in the final round in 2003.
This was just the eighth quad or worse on a par-5 in Mickelson’s career. He had finished in the top three in this event in four of the past five years, including a win in 2019 and third-place finish last year.