Bad news from the Tour as Bubba has made it official and pulled out of next week’s PLAYERS Championship 😦 Sighting reasons that sound like burnout (need family time, need to take a month off from the game), it’s upsetting to hard core fans when the most popular players pull out of the best events. Dustin Johnson pulled out as well sighting ongoing problems with his back. But the trend of high profile post-major burnout continues, which makes you wonder, is anyone managing these guys? Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open last year and basked so long in his popularity that didn’t play until a month later at the British Open and was hopelessly out of form.
I suspect the pressure to respond to the media after a major win, and the self imposed social networking obligations are taking a heavy toll on these players, with mental downtime at a premium. Call me nuts, but if I won the Masters, spending the next few weeks tweeting my every thought and responding to all the media inquiries would run me ragged. Remember how many talk shows Bubba did? Just incredible.
In the everyday course of life, don’t you get burned out from too much connectivity? I do, and when I hit the golf course, I make sure to unplug, go dark, and enjoy some serious disconnect. Now you or I will never have the”problem” of winning The Masters, but what would you have done different if you were Bubba?