Bubba Watson admits that he needs to heed his mother’s advice and work on his behaviour both on and off the course if he is to fulfil his potential and win more big titles.
The 36-year-old claimed his second Green Jacket at this year’s Masters, with a three-shot victory at Augusta adding to the one he claimed in 2012.
But the left-hander failed to push on from that success and has enjoyed only a modicum of success since his Georgia heroics back in April.
The Florida resident missed the cut at both the US Open and the Open Championship while only managing a share of 64th at the US PGA Championship.
A series of mediocre finishes followed before he roared back to form to finish second in the FedEx Cup’s BMW Championship. He will now try his luck at the year’s final World Golf Championship event in China and is on offer at 26.0 to take the title in Shanghai.
And the Ryder Cup ace has backed himself to come good, saying “Obviously I believe in myself. I believe I can perform at a better level.”
Watson has blotted his copybook over the past few years with a few untimely words to reporters off the course and confrontations with spectators during a round.
And he admits that it is something that he will work on after being chastised by the media and, above all, his mother.
“She tells me that I’m not being good,” he added. “She tells me I should smile more and not be so angry.
“Any time that somebody writes bad press, the only way I’m going to improve as a human being is when you get people that call you out.”