The Waste Management Phoenix Open fans let Bubba Watson have it one more time on Sunday.
Watson came to the par-3 16th hole, the seventh hole of his final round at TPC Scottsdale, probably hoping for a warmer reception in wake of an apology he offered for comments disparaging the tournament host course, its redesign by Tom Weiskopf and, in his verbal tornado, the tournament itself.
"I don't like it," Watson said of the course on Wednesday. "I'm not going to PC it. I don't like it at all. I just mentioned why I'm here. I've got three beautiful sponsors that love it here."
Watson, like each of the first three days of the tournament, received a poor reaction on Sunday from the fans on the tee, with a flood of boos from the thousands wrapped around the hole. Then Watson hit his tee shot and found the greenside bunker on the short side of the final-round hole location. Rather than the fans turning up the volume on the chorus of boos, some actually cheered Watson missing the green in what sounded like a mixed reaction but was rather unified.
The two-time Masters champion tipped his visor to the crowd in a last effort to offer a mea culpa, then smiled awkwardly as caddie Ted Scott put Watson's club back in the bag. Watson got up-and-down from the bunker to make par.
On the next hole, the drivable par-4 17th, Watson's tee shot landed less than 20 yards short of the hole. From there, Watson chipped in for eagle.
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