Bubba lashes out after Paris exit

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Bubba Watson’s first regular appearance on the European Tour doesn’t seem to have been a very happy one.

Bubba Watson’s first regular appearance on the European Tour doesn’t seem to have been a very happy one.

The big-hitting left-hander missed the cut at the Open de France on Friday after his second-consecutive 74 left him at six over par, and vented some of his frustration at the foreign playing conditions.

“On every tee it says no phones, no video cameras and on every tee there’s hundreds,” said Watson.

“It’s different – it’s not a normal tournament. There’s cameras, there’s phones, no security. I don’t know which holes to walk through – there’s no ropes.

“I’m not saying it’s bad, it’s just something I’m not used to and not comfortable with. It’s very strange to me.”

Watson is headed back home now, but is set to return for the Open in two weeks’ time.

“I’ll play the British because it’s a major – that’s the only reason.”

Having previously expressed interest in playing the week after the Open in Sweden, he added on Friday: “We’ll see – it’s a few weeks away.”

Watson isn’t the first player to be put off by crowd behaviour at the French Open. Two years ago Ian Poulter threatened never to make another appearance there after he was put off by a press photographer.

Tournament director David Probyn said that Watson’s complaint was the only one he had receive so far.

“We have fully roped fairways, we have marshals,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s an education process in terms of making people understand the way to behave. We’ve had an incredible number come to see the Open de France the last four or five years, which is fantastic – and that’s the main thing I’d like to focus on.

“We, of course, are disappointed that Bubba has had a seemingly unpleasant experience for him. I have to say it’s the only comment I’ve had on it this week, but we will continue to review it.

“It’s a shame Bubba has felt that way, but we hope he will look at it again and that he comes back in the future. He will be very welcome.”

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