Augusta, Ga. – Bubba Watson cries when he wins. He cries when he loses. When told he might be the least popular player on the PGA Tour, he reacted strangely. He didn't cry.
"Here is the way I take it," he said. "I need to improve as a man."
Watson is back at Augusta National this week, trying to become the third player to win three Masters in four years, along with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. He won in 2012 and 2014 with flamboyance and emotion that endeared him to patrons, and even fans.
With his redneck ethos and self-taught swing, Watson draws large galleries and gasps.
In the clubhouse, he might not be so popular.
Watson has argued with spectators and fellow players before. Last year at the PGA Championship, he complained about participating in a long drive contest for charity, and about rain during one of the rounds. He's been known to berate his caddie.
Still, the poll was a bit shocking for those who know Watson mostly for trophies and tears. ESPN asked pros who they would be least likely to help if they saw him in a parking lot fight, and Watson won.
Watson received 22.5 votes. Patrick Reed received 11.
"I put my own name down," Watson said. "I need to get better. And I think over my career, from my rookie season to now, I've gotten better. But obviously there's more room for me to improve as a man.
"It's a challenge. It's great. I'm glad that it came out and it's going to help me improve."
Watson and Augusta National go together like shrimp and grits. The course rewards long drives and a deft touch. Watson prides himself on having a swing he never analyzes. He is the ultimate feel player. If he wins the Masters this week, he will be only the fourth player to defend the title and only the second player in history, along with Jimmy Demaret, to have three Masters titles be his only three major championships.
"This is a special place," he said. "This is the perfect golf course. The shape is perfect. The grass is all pretty green."