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Olympics 2016: Bubba Watson Laughs Off Duffed Putt

August 14, 2016

Bubba Watson is in a good mood. Buoyed by his experience as an Olympian–he’s enjoying every minute of Rio, from exploring the Olympic Village to cheering on American athletes in other events–Watson took a duffed putt on the 14th hole in stride.

Watson’s attempt at a 35-foot putt only rolled about 6 feet. He later blamed the miss on a clump of mud that was stuck to the bottom of his putter. But he wasn’t defensive or bitter about the mistake. Instead, he laughed. 

“It was hilarious. What can you do? It was one of those freak things you have to laugh off and keep going,” he said, adding that he was sure to go down in Olympic history now. “I was like, man, I’m going to be famous now. I’m going to be a legend in Olympic history, in Olympic golf history, I guess.”

Bubba’s play yesterday has earned him a spot near the top of the leaderboard and the chance to win a medal today. But he’s not too hung up on the outcome. 

“I haven’t even been wanting to look at a leaderboard. I don’t know how to put it into words; I really don’t care,” he said. “I’m out here enjoying it, being so blessed that we get to play in the Olympics.”