Bubba Watson made a mountain of an ant hill at the PGA Championship
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Bubba Watson made a mountain of an ant hill at the PGA Championship

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Tour pros are pretty creative when it comes to asking for free drops and such, but Bubba Watson gave us another Bubba Moment on the fifth hole of the final round of the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

"It's either embedded, or it's an animal digging a hole," Watson wailed plaintively at PGA of America rules official who wouldn't give him a free drop off of an anthill.

"It's not fire ants, so there's no relief from them, and it's not a loose impediment," said the official, a ruling which Watson didn't like.

"It is an animal...you will agree with that," Watson replied, channeling his inner Matlock.

Yes, it is, as opposed to a vegetable or mineral, but that's not the end of the analysis.

"They're not classified as a burrowing animal," the official responded.

"Even though they're digging a hole?" inquired Ted Scott, Watson's caddie.

Yes. That's exactly right, Ted. There's a difference between a burrowing animal -- where the ball rolls into a hole -- and tunneling ants. Try that one with your weekend foursome, and see how far it gets you!

But if that wasn't enough, Watson, his prickly puckishness getting the best of him, jokes, "Ow! It bit me!" before hitting.

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Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.

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