Posted: 6:20 pm Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
By Post Staff
A few days after his second win in 2011, Bubba Watson used his place as the hottest American player going to question the best player of his generation, Tiger Woods.
During his press conference on the eve of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship, Bubba couldn’t help himself when the topic turned to the break-up between Tiger’s swing coach, Sean Foley, and Sean O’Hair.
“I’ll just go ahead and say it. I think Tiger is going the wrong way,” Watson said. “I think he’s so mental right now with his swing.”
Watson, 31, is an admittedly simple guy from the Florida Panhandle of Bagdad, and it carries over to his golf game.
Bubba never had a swing coach other than his late father, Gerry, and doesn’t get wrapped up in mechanics (as he demonstrates here), even if he is a zealot for shaping shots.
It has served him well since he arrived on Tour in 2006, but in the past year he’s found another gear, with three wins since last June and a playoff loss at the PGA Championship.
Still, winning the “Insurance Slam” – the events sponsored by Travelers, Farmer’s Insurance and Zurich – is a long way from winning the “Tiger Slam.”
Woods’ play has raised plenty of questions, the latest being more left knee problems for the 35-year-old.
Watson isn’t alone when it comes to wondering about Woods’ decision to overhaul his swing under Foley.
But even Johnny Miller, a longtime proponent of Woods’ rejoining Butch Harmon, was coming around on Woods’ work with Foley heading into the Masters.
Woods was in contention until he missed a couple of short putts on the back nine to finish tied for fourth.
Bubba has every right to speak his mind, especially based on his recent track record and his experiences as a player.
“I’m good friends with Sean Foley, I’m good friends with Hank Haney, with Butch,” he said. “I know them as people, I know them as friends, but I don’t ask them for advice.”
But even if Woods never becomes the force he was, and it’s sure looking that way, players making $1.15 million for winning events like the Zurich Classic might think twice before doing anything but giving thanks to Tiger … every chance they get.