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Golf Australia Express : Issue 31
celebrates like a human, cries at the drop of a putt, and makes fun of himself for all of the above.He wants to remain himself. Most of all, he wants to stay grounded. “I just want to be me and play golf,” he says. “I’m not ready for fame.” But after winning the Masters—his fourth PGA Tour title in less than two years—and moving to his highest world ranking at No.4, the latter is no longer in his creative hands. LIKEMOST ARTISTS, Bubba too has his critics. His unorthodox style, his loud and unpredictable demeanour and his bubbly, self-deprecating personality do not appeal to everyone in golf. None have been more vocal in recent times than LPGA and LET player Christina Kim. The flamboyant Kim caused quite a storm among the Twitter fraternity for voicing her personal distaste for her fellow American as he closed in on his first major, tweeting over three hours things like “Bubba displays everything wrong w/US golf” and “his behavior at an outing I was at was outrageous”. Whether her comments were factual or not, the timing of Kim’s tweets were curious to say the least. The feud between the two stems from controversial comments Bubba made about French fans following the 2011 French Open. Kim went on a Twitter rant then after Watson offended locals over his lack of French knowledge. "I don't claim to be a redneck, then go buy a pink Ferrari and floor seats to the Suns in my true religion jeans and Louis Vuitton wallet," was among Kim’s tweets at the time. But on Sunday, Bubba refused to join in the verballing with Kim. After all, he was busy glowing in the glory of becoming a first-time major winner and first- time dad to his adopted son Caleb; he was busy reflecting on the huge life changes he’s had since his father Gerry died in 2010; and busy ironing out his newly- acquired green jacket for appearances on Letterman and the like. No, there’s no need for Bubba to talk. He’ll be letting his clubs paint the picture. OTG Even a jittery, unorthodox— perhaps abstract— player can covet golf’s most sought after prize. PLAYER THE
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