In Fletch Lives, the sequel to the 1980s cult classic movie Fletch, protagonist Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher – the intrepid newspaper reporter/gumshoe played by Chevy Chase – utters the following when another character presents him with evidence of an error in his judgment:
“It takes a big man to admit when he’s wrong. I am NOT a big man.”
Bubba Watson, by Fletch standards, took the big man approach during his Tuesday news conference at the Barclays when he apologized for his actions at the recent PGA Championship.
“Not competing in the Long Drive was the first mistake,” said Watson of his petulant decision to hit 3-iron off the tee during the practice round competition at Valhalla Golf Club, reasoning that the contest interfered with his preparation. “That was the selfish part, because I didn’t agree with it but there’s a lot of things that I don’t agree with that I do.”
Watson was also contrite about some less-than-model on-course behavior at Valhalla.
“Then you look at it from my attitude on the golf course; because I want something so bad, that’s not the reason to do that,” he said. “You still just bite your tongue and compete at a high level, don’t show emotion, and I take it overboard because I want something so bad. I want to be considered a great player. I want to win golf tournaments and I’ve got to learn on that.
“And then my language was not good. That’s a different topic, and childish again. It’s all childish stuff and trying to mature and become a better man. Obviously I take it – I take it on the chin. It was my fault. Everything’s my fault and I should be bigger and stronger and better than that.”
Although it’s clear Bubba has a stubborn streak and can be a hothead at times, at least he’s self-aware. And let’s face it, his character quirks make him a lot less vanilla than the average Tour pro.