Even if local ties didn't force this corner of the SB Nation network to root for Bubba Watson, Bubba Watson's Bubba Watsonliness would do the trick. Here he is lamenting the difficulty of TPC Sawgrass, a course at which he has admittedly struggled. Downplaying his PLAYERS Championship chances? Well, consider his response to a question on his career ambitions:
Don't get me wrong. I play golf because I want to be the best. I want to beat you. I want to beat the guys this week. I want to beat everybody. No matter who I'm playing. I want to be considered the best in my mind. I could care less if the world says I'm the best, but in my mind I want to be considered the best. That's what I play for. I'm trying to beat the golf course every day no matter what golf course I'm at, public course, tournament course, just playing with the boys.
The whole press conference is a good read, especially his detailed answers on playing hole No. 13 as a lefty and having to stare at an expanse of water while trying to hit the green in one shot.
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