In my experience people who say that, almost always do care what third parties think. People who genuinely don't care, don't waste their time telling anyone they don't care, precisely becase, they don't care.
He then goes on to make some quip about winning the longest 3 iron driving competition. OK he probably thought he was being sarcastic, but he was aware of this achievement and felt it necessary to say it. My own guess is that he does care, and that Savvyswede was correct on the very first page. Bubba felt he was on a bit of hiding to nothing if he didn't win it.
I somehow doubt however that shockwaves would have gone out around the planet that Bubba and his pink ping had failed, and the most sensible thing to do was tee a couple of balls up, smack them, have a laugh, and move on. Even if he didn't win it, who cares (well perhaps Ping do) but there was no good reason not to think he'd have gotten himself a top 10 spot even with a slightly mishit drive
He's obviously fragile upstairs, and there's a weakness there as he can clearly be rattled. Riling a talented player isn't always advisable of course, but he could equally self-destruct
It might become very interesting to see how he handles a potentially hostile crowd at Gleneagles. They'll be aware he can be got at, and if he starts whining and praising the lord and generally conforming to every stereotype possible, don't expect him to be let off lightly. Tom needs to have a word with him
Great post (especially the unusual brevity - I was able to read the whole thing)! Agree with all of it. Another thing in his interview that was telling was how oblivious he was to the question of whether or not he took himself too seriously. His actions yesterday made it pretty clear to all that he did, yet he basically mocked the question as if he thought it was a joke.