Bubba: I have a lot of mental issues
Bubba Watson says his sometimes controversial behaviour on and off the golf course comes from a place of fear.
The unorthodox left hander will once again be one of the favourites at this week's Masters, where he stands the chance of becoming a three-time winner of golf's biggest prize in the space of just five years.
But for all his success on the course, a success that comes from a genuinely unconventional and creative approach to the game, Watson remains a divisive figure among pundits and players alike.
When he's not thrilling crowds with another hook, fade or draw, he's drawing criticism for his frequent arguments, temper tantrums and complaints.
According to a recent interview with 60 Minutes, Watson says those negative reactions come from a place of fear.
“I have a lot of mental issues that I just am so fearful of things, which I shouldn’t be, right?" Watson said.
"Scared of heights. Scared of buildings falling on me. Scared of the dark. Scared of crowds. Those are my biggest issues.”
“In between holes — is really scary to me — because there’s so many people that close to you… I’m just scared of people,” he admitted.
Watson's caddie Ted Scott summed it up like this: "Whew, man, he is a mess… but he's a fun mess, you know?
"I think Bubba is an extremely emotional person, but 95 percent of the time that's happiness."
It's that remaining 5 percent that is causing problems for Watson, and he admits that mentally, he is not always in the right place.
"The physical game is easy. That sounds bad. But it's easy to me," he added. "I can do that. I can hit it far. I can curve it. I got the shots.
"It's just mentally being at that moment, right then."
Windy conditions mean Rory McIlroy is relieved to get off the course
Gusts of up to 35mph made for challenging conditions in Abu Dhabi.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson claims Abu Dhabi lead with course-record 63
The 28-year-old was one shot clear after the opening round at Yas Links.
Rory McIlroy taking inspiration from Tiger Woods ahead of Abu Dhabi Championship
The 32-year-old’s form since the Ryder Cup has given him “renewed optimism, excitement and anticipation”.
Collin Morikawa using Bahamas setback as motivation to become world number one
The two-time major winner squandered a five-shot lead on the final day at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas last month.
Bryson DeChambeau: I don’t want to be a super-controversial figure
The big-hitting American was given some useful advice by Hollywood star Chris Pratt.
Webb Simpson eyeing Ryder Cup return after winless 2021
The American tees it up this week at the Sony Open, an event where he has a fine record.
Cameron Smith secures record-breaking wire-to-wire victory in Hawaii
The Australian made history at Kapalua with his winning total.
Viktor Hovland happy to be reunited with lost golf clubs in Hawaii
Viktor Hovland was able to breathe a sigh of relief after being reunited with his golf clubs six days after losing them in transit.
Phil Mickelson confirmed for Tournament of Champions after 21-year absence
Phil Mickelson has confirmed his participation in next month’s Sentry Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour.
Tiger Woods ‘worn out’ after second-placed finish with son at PNC Championship
Team Woods finished two shots behind John Daly and his son John Daly II in Orlando.