Watson followed up his showing at Cromwell, Conn., by shooting 18-under at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic, dealing with criticism from the Travelers incident. A Christian, Watson has admitted to getting frustrated and overreacting on the golf course and even faced criticism on the Christian Broadcasting Network's website.
In one website story, it was reported that Watson "went ballistic on his bagman," and another reminded readers of Watson's past struggles with his temper.
Still, Watson felt the incident was blown out of proportion, and has an interesting perspective on the circumstances.
"You don't deal with it, the media's going to say one thing," Watson said after walking off the 18th green following Wednesday's Pro-Am. "There will be people that love you and people that hate you. That's just life. You can't make everybody love you. If you could, that would be a secret for everybody to learn."
It was widely reported that Watson picked up his bag after his performance on 16 at the Travelers, looking as if he would finish out the round on his own. Rumors abound that his next step would be to fire his caddy, who was on his bag the last eight years.
Watson explained that that isn't the case.
"We're going on eight years now, he could quit right now if he didn't like who I am as a boss," he said. "We laughed about it, because it was blown out of proportion. I'm not firing him; he's not quitting me. We're a great team together, we've won some great tournaments together."
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