Friday, April 1, 2016

Watson fearful of things he "shouldn't be," including crowds

Bubba Watson is a complicated man. 

The two-time Masters champion does and says things inside and outside the ropes that cause a number of people to scratch their heads and deride the Florida native for his behavior. However, over the years, it has also become clear that those are the actions of a man who deals with a hypersensitive to things going on around him.

In an interview with "60 Minutes" to air on Sunday, Watson rattles off some of the litany things he fears.

"I have a lot of mental issues...I'm just so fearful of things, which I shouldn't be," said Watson. "Scared of heights...buildings falling on me...the dark. Scared of crowds. In between holes is really scary to me, because there's so many people that close to you."

He added, "I'm just scared of people...in general."

The loneliness of golf was probably some of its allure to Watson, who also has fine-tuned an imaginative approach to the sport, seeing shots few could conjure, much less execute. With a win already in 2016 at the Northern Trust Open, Watson, now ranked fourth in the world, has showed the form that could win him a third, even-yeared green jacket.


Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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