When Bubba Watson pulled out of the Players Championship last week, he didn't get anything close to the amount of flack Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood endured when they took a pass on the so-called fifth major last year.
In what was perceived as a power play by agent Chubby Chandler against commissioner Tim Finchem of the PGA Tour, the two Europeans made lame excuses about how the tournament at TPC Sawgrass didn't fit into their schedules.
"It's an affront to the championship," NBC commentator Johnny Miller said. "It's a statement. I'm not sure what the statement is. It's a bit of a cloud why."
Said Phil Mickelson: "Everybody has got their own personal deal, but I disagree with their thought process."
Chandler, perhaps the most high-powered agent in the game -- his clients also have included major champions Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen -- said there was no slight intended.
But he also took a swipe at the tournament's stature.
"I would think wh...