Bubba Watson: “I’m Afraid of Death”-Two-time Masters Champions Share Mental Health Issues

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As early as 2017, stomach problems meant that he had lost a lot of weight, and the progress of golf was not satisfactory, which made him consider retiring from the sport he loves. Most importantly, his thoughts are leading him to “fall into the rabbit hole.”

He remembered being afraid that he was not good enough to be liked by others. This is the struggle he experienced. Watson was “fearful” of his life and described his feelings to CNN’s Patrick Snell as “the darkest darkness at that moment.”

The two-time Masters champion explained: “When I was looking in the mirror, my weight dropped to 162 pounds. All I saw was a thin Buba, a person who was losing weight, and a person who would not succeed. .”

“So when you think about that moment, that is the darkest moment, when I think of my tears at that moment, when I think of my question to the Lord, and then it resonates in my mind, like a wake-up call .

“It’s like ringing a bell and saying:’Wait, if you have 10 minutes left, would you waste your 10 minutes like this?’ I thought,’No.'”

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In the first round of the Northern Trust, Watson looked on at the 16th tee.

‘Faith is the key’

Realizing that he didn’t want to end his life, Watson said that his faith and his wife helped him return to a better place psychologically.

Watson and his wife Angie have been married for 17 years and they have adopted two children together. As a former professional basketball player, Angie provided the support he needed at his lowest point.

“Being able to be a man, talk to her, tell her my deepest and darkest secret, let her know what I’m going through, let her know that I’m scared… it’s a difficult thing,” the 43-year-old remembers .

“I mean, talking to my wife, it should be the man in the family… But then it occurred to me that I was kneeling on the floor. When I hit the floor and asked the Lord to take me, I thought:’Wait if this is me The last 10 minutes of life, this is the last 30 minutes, the last day, the last two weeks, whatever it is, I need to be better. I need to be better for her and better for my children.’

After winning the 2014 US Masters, Watson and his wife Angie and their son Caleb waited on the 18th green.

“Once I say it and hear it in my mind, this is what makes me leave the floor and say:’You know what? This is not the life I want. It’s not that I want my legacy right at this moment, So I need to go out and become the person I need to be.”

Watson was in such a dilemma in 2017 that he was willing to give up golf, a sport that was “close at hand” for him and brought him so much success.

However, Angie persuaded him to persevere because she understood that this would be something her husband could help him to get back to normal.

Watson has a brilliant career in golf. Including his Masters championships in 2012 and 2014, he won 12 championships on the PGA Tour and represented the United States in the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Florida native will return to the PNC tournament in Orlando in December with his son Caleb. After playing with his father-in-law last year, Watson expressed his excitement about participating in the competition, “attracting the major champions who won this year from 1959 to 2021.”

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On January 6, 2017, in the second round of the SBS Championship Championship held at the Plantation Course of the Kapalua Golf Club, Watson kicked off from the fifth hole.

However, speaking of his legacy, Watson hopes it has nothing to do with what he did on the court.

“I hope it is defined as a good person who works harder every day,” he said. “And I don’t want it to talk about golf, because I want my children to know that I am their father.

“I want them to know that my legacy is another matter. Golf provides it, but I don’t want them to say:’Two-time Masters champion.’ If this is the first thing they say from their mouths, Then I missed this boat as a parent, and I also missed this boat as a husband.”


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