Two-time Masters champion-turned-LIV Golf Series pro Bubba Watson said Wednesday he was "paid behind closed doors" while on the PGA Tour to play "a lot of tournaments,
violating Tour rules.
Watson, who has won 12 times on the PGA Tour, would not disclose how much he was paid to play in PGA Tour events.
"I would laugh at [the criticism] because we all had some guaranteed money to show up,"
Watson told We've all done it. We've all played for guaranteed money. Critics, it just makes me laugh because that's what we do.
We don't want to talk about it on tour, but we get it.'
PGA Tour Players Advisory Council member Kevin Kisner dismissed the idea, saying Watson was talking about contractual sponsorship activities that are far from pay-to-play.
"If the Travelers want to pay Bubba Watson to visit the marquee, that has nothing to do with the PGA Tour,"
Kisner said That's not a performance fee. That's off-course support that's under contract."