Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson has been voted the most disliked player on the PGA Tour by his peers.
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An ESPN poll surveyed 103 tour pro’s and asked them a variety of questions – some serious, some a tad more lighthearted.
One of the questions asked players who they would be least likely to help in the event of a fight breaking out in car park, to which Watson’s name showed up the most (22%).
Watson took the survey results pretty well however, saying it was a sign he needed to get better “as a man”.
“Here is the way I take it: I take it as I need to improve as a man,” Watson is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“I take it with pride. I need to get better. And I think over my career, since my rookie season to now, I’ve gotten better.
“But obviously there’s more room for me to improve as a man. And so hopefully next year or the year after, it improves. It’s a challenge. It’s great. I’m glad that it came out and it’s going to help me improve.
“So if it’s a bad thing and people don’t like me, then I’ve got to improve and prove them wrong.”
Remarkably, Watson said he answered the poll question by nominating himself.
“I answered that question, I put my name on there, because I’m not going to call out anybody; there’s nobody I dislike on tour,” he said.
“I dislike them if they beat me, but I don’t dislike them as a person. So I put my name down there. So one of those names were me; I wrote it down myself.”
Fellow American Patrick Reed was voted the second most hated player on tour with 11% of the total votes, while controversial Australian Robert Allenby rounded out the top three with 9%.