Bubba Watson was quick to apologise on Friday, after appearing to unintentionally offend journalists with a post-round comment after he missed the cut at the Masters.
A two-time winner of the year's first major, Watson failed to make the weekend at Augusta for the first time in his career as he followed up an opening 74 with a six-over 78 in round two.
Watson subsequently came in for criticism on social media after he was quoted as telling a reporter: "Golf is tough; I don't know if you've ever played it. But writing articles is easy."
Yet Bubba swiftly took to Twitter in an attempt to clear things up, insisting he was merely trying to make a joke.
"I love all journalists," said Watson. "Obviously I made a bad joke, just like I played bad golf this week!"
Apologies for my bad attempt at a joke today... my jokes as bad as my golf this week! pic.twitter.com/T6hVOBvcpV-- bubba watson (@bubbawatson) April 7, 2017