Sunday, July 3, 2011
Chubby Chandler Gives Bubba Watson the Business
There isn't really anything to lead this with, so I'll just hand the mic over to superduper-agent Chubby Chandler and let him speak on Bubba Watson's antics in France.
Via the Scotsman ...
"(Americans) don't get it because they have everything in America, don't they? Everything over there is easy for them. There's a lot of cash to play for. They don't see any reason why they should play outside America. And then they'll whinge about the world rankings. It's a funny one. They're different to us. And yet a lot of our guys who go from here to there are not stimulated by playing in America every week, to go from Boston to New York to Chicago, it doesn't stimulate them. They'd rather be going from Jakarta to Seoul to Valencia, you know what I mean? That's just the way our guys are brought up. The Americans are brought up to think that America is it. They're conditioned to that mindset from a very young age.
"I saw the interview (with Bubba] and it was quite pathetic how he was. For a grown man to talk like that was quite pathetic. There's a lot of Bubba Watsons because a lot of them don't travel. You can't say that about Tiger. At least Tiger travels. And Phil (Mickelson] started about five years ago. Rory was in America last year and he felt the same way going from New York to Boston to Chicago. He found it hard work, but he didn't whinge about it. He's just not doing it any more. He didn't want to. There was no fun involved. Every week was the same. The Americans like that, though. It's just two different cultures. They think their tour is the be-all and end-all. They have no idea that in ten years' time Asia will be bigger than America."
It might be harsh, but how true are the words from Chubby? Everything he said I agree with, and I think it's a pretty good indication of how we Americans can get comfortable at home and not understand that there is a whole world out there with much to give back.
Don't believe me? Look at the current leaderboard of the AT&T National. K.J. Choi, Robert Allenby, Adam Scott ... these are men not from American that have come to the PGA Tour without so much as a whimper, but do it because they understand the impact of the PGA Tour.
It was good that Bubba apologized about his actions. I'm sure this will be water under the bridge in the next month or so, but it was nice that Chubby spoke up.