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January 03, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Bubba Watson says he's suffered from panic attacks

Posted at 10:38 AM by Ryan Reiterman | Categories: Bubba Watson

BubbaCharlie Beljan's win last year at Disney was remarkable considering he struggled to make it through the second round because of a panic attack that eventually landed him in the hospital.

Masters champion Bubba Watson, known for being high strung himself, knows how Beljan felt.

During his press conference Wednesday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, which starts Friday, Watson was asked about Beljan and panic attacks. Watson revealed that he'd been to the hospital three times over the years because of panic attacks.

"I've had a lot of panic attacks off the golf course," Watson said. "I actually went to the hospital three times thinking I was having something wrong with my heart and my wife is like, 'What is wrong with you?' "

Despite the visits to the hospital, Watson said doctors haven't found anything wrong with him.

"I've done everything," he said. "I've done EKGs, we've done tests, all kind of things. [The doctor] told me, basically, I need medicine. I need medicine that calms me down."

But Watson refused advice from professionals, much as he has when working on his powerful, home-made swing.

"I don't take medicine, so I would never do that."

According to Watson, his last panic attack was in L.A. at the 2011 Northern Trust Open -- he withdrew after a first-round 76 -- and the hospital visits have come in two-year intervals.

"It might be this year," Watson joked of his next panic attack. "So this year, get ready. I'll tweet some photos from the room, I guess."

(Photo: Robert Beck/SI)

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