On Golf: Bubba Watson, a Candid and Sensitive Champion, Shows His Vulnerable Side


Bubba Watson on the 18th green Sunday after winning the Northern Trust Open, his second victory at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles in three years.

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LOS ANGELES — Bubba Watson joked that when Jason Kokrak’s wife, Stephanie, sat across from Watson at breakfast in the Riviera clubhouse on Sunday, he told her: “You know, people don’t like me. You might not want to be seen near me.”

We hope he was kidding. Watson is good company and better copy. Anyone inclined to give him a wide berth must have a pretty narrow view of what makes for interesting conversation. Unfailingly honest and unshakably human, Watson, 37, held a news conference after his victory at the Northern Trust Open that unfurled like an Erhard Seminars Training session.

It was more than 30 minutes of public therapy, during which Watson talked about how he dreads the day when he’ll tell his two small children they’re adopted, the tightrope he walks being a…

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