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Watson Panic Attacks: Golf Pro Hospitalized Three Times

By Melissa Siegel - Posted: 01/03/13 10:10PM UTC
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Bubba Watson admitted on Wednesday that he has suffered several panic attacks in his career. (Photo: REUTERS / Mike Segar)

Bubba Watson spoke to reporters on Wednesday about his panic attacks.

Watson admitted he has been to the hospital three times as a result of these panic attacks. However, the doctors have not been able to find anything wrong.

"I've done everything," Watson said about his panic attacks. "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."

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According to Yahoo!, Watson's last panic attack came during the 2011 Northern Trust Open. The 2012 Masters winner withdrew from that even after shooting a 76 in the first round.

Watson spoke to Golf Magazine about his panic attacks as well.

"Three times I've had issues where I thought something was wrong with me," he said. It wasn't anything I was doing at the time. The first time I was sleeping. I wasn't really sleeping very well. It was '07, I think. It was the middle of the night at home, I woke up and we went to the hospital. One time, in '09, I was sitting watching TV at home. And one time, in 2011, I was at the golf course, and it wasn't my heart-the other two times I thought it was my heart. The third time it was something down my leg."

However, Watson admitted that these panic attacks could have had something to do with his acid reflux disease.

"What we found out now is acid reflux, which is the same nerve endings as your heart-I was eating really, really bad, really unhealthy," the golfer said. "I hired my trainer for health reasons, not golf reasons. I wanted to be on planet earth for a while. These health problems were arising, and my mind was racing; I'm like, "Oh, my gosh, my heart, do I have this, do I have that?" I was just freakin' out basically, in my mind."

Watson is not the first golfer to suffer from panic attacks. As SB Nation notes, Charlie Beljan won the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic back in November despite suffering a panic attack on the practice range. According to the New York Times, Beljan played through the panic attack, scoring a 64, before being taken away in an ambulance at the end of the round.

"I got myself into better shape, and I'm feeling healthier," Beljan told USA Today about his panic attacks. "I'm a little more flexible and I'm in better condition. I wasn't one to eat on the golf course, and I think that had something to do with the attacks. I have to give fuel to my body, so I'll be eating on the course this year, drinking a lot of vitamin water, too."

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