Bubba Watson, a runner-up in each of the last two years at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, banking over $1 million in those two starts, admitted earlier this week that -- well -- TPC Scottsdale isn't exactly his favorite venue on Tour.
"I don't like it," Watson said Wednesday. "I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all."
He wasn't done there.
"Obviously, I'm here because of my sponsors and everything," Watson said. "I love coming here. It's always great weather. Used to have a house here. It's always beautiful coming here and playing here."
As the Associated Press reported:
He reiterated that he's only playing the tournament out of loyalty to Phoenix-based Karsten Manufacturing, the maker of his Ping equipment, and sponsors Oakley and Stance Socks.
"I just mentioned why I'm here," Watson said. "I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here."
Ouch. Honesty is the best policy, but maybe not so much when you're talking about the venue that features the rowdiest crowds -- and hole (the par-3 16th) -- on the PGA Tour.
Watson tried to backtrack on his words via Twitter before his first round Thursday:
But, that wasn't enough for the fans at No. 16 who showered Watson with boos when he arrived in the first round. The damage had been done and theyy let the two-time Masters champ know about it:
Despite all the boos, Watson birdied the hole and shot an opening 2-under 71 that had him very much in contention.